Walden Denn v. Craig

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Walden Denn v. Craig
by John Marshall
Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

22 U.S. 576

Walden Denn  v.  Craig

ERROR to the Circuit Court of Kentucky.

In 1797, John Den, lessee of Ambrose Walden, instituted an action of ejectment in the United States District Court of the District of Kentucky, against Richard Fen, as casual ejector. The declaration states a demise for the term of ten years from the 15th day of August, 1789. At March term, 1798, Lewis Craig and Jonathan Rose were admitted defendants, in the place of Richard Fen, the casual ejector; and entered into the usual rule, confessing the lease, entry, & c. At June term, 1800, judgment was rendered for the plaintiff for his term yet to come, &c. and a writ of hab. fac. poss. was awarded. On the 5th day of September, 1800, Thomas Bodley and others, claiming as landlords of Craig and Rose, obtained an injunction to the above judgment. At May term, 1809, the bill of injunction was dismissed, for want of jurisdiction. In September, 1811, Bodley and others obtained a second injunction to stay execution on the judgment at law in ejectment. At May term, 1812, the injunction was dissolved on hearing, on bill, answers, depositions, and exhibits; and in April, 1813, the complainants dismissed their bill. Walden, on the 22d of May, 1819, took out a writ of hab. fac. poss., which was quashed by the Court, on the ground, it is presumed, that the term stated in the declaration in ejectment had expired. At November term, 1821, Walden moved the Court to enlarge the term stated in the declaration. The Court being divided, the motion was entered as overruled; and the plaintiff (Walden) took out a writ of error to the judgment of the Court on this motion. Feb. 6th.

This cause was argued by Mr. Taylor, [a] for the plaintiff, no counsel appearing for the defendant. Feb. 21st.

Mr. Chief Justice MARSHALL delivered the opinion of the Court.


^a  He cited Cro. Jac. 440. 1 Salk. 47. 2 Str. 807. 2 Burr, 1159. 4 Burr, 2447. Str. 1272. Cowp. 841. 7 Cranch, 569. 1 Cranch, 110. 4 Cranch, 237. 4 Cranch, 324. 5 Cranch, 11. 5 Cranch, 15. 6 Cranch, 206. 7 Cranch, 569.

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