Totten v. United States
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|United States Supreme Court case in which the court ruled on judicial jurisdiction in espionage cases. The court deemed an oral contract between a deceased spy and President Lincoln was unenforceable because courts cannot hear cases in disputes involving spying contracts, because it might do harm to make public the details of the enterprise and embarrass the government. — Excerpted from Totten v. United States on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.Totten v. United States, 92 U.S. 105 (1876), was a|
APPEAL from the Court of Claims.
Mr. Enoch Totten for the appellant.
Mr. Assistant Attorney-General Edwin B. Smith, contra.
MR. JUSTICE FIELD delivered the opinion of the court.