United States v. Cruikshank


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Mr. Chief Justice Waite delivered the opinion of the court

This case comes here with a certificate by the judges of the Circuit Court for the District of Louisiana that they were divided in opinion upon a question which occurred at the hearing. It presents for our consideration an indictment containing sixteen counts, divided into two series of eight counts each, based upon sect. 6 of the Enforcement Act of May 31, 1870. That section is as follows:—

“That if two or more persons shall band or conspire together, or go in disguise upon the public highway, or upon the premises of...

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