Weems v. United States

Weems v. United States by Joseph McKenna

Weems v. United States, 217 U.S. 349 (1910), was a decision of the United States Supreme Court. It is primarily notable as it pertains to the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. It is cited concerning the Constitutional meaning of "privacy" and the scope of what is to receive legal protection as “private”. This decision also discussed the political and legal relationship between the United States and the Philippines, which at that time was considered a U.S. colony (see Philippine-American War for more information). Excerpted from Weems v. United States on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

United States Supreme Court

217 U.S. 349

Weems  v.  United States

 Argued: November 30 and December 1, 1909. --- Decided: May 2, 1910

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Mr. A. S. Worthington for plaintiff in error.

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Assistant Attorney General Fowler and Solicitor General Hoyt for defendant in error.

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Mr. Justice McKenna delivered the opinion of the court:


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).