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United States Supreme Court

PIERCE v. U S(1914)

No. 65

Argued: Decided: February 24, 1914

Mr. William D. Guthrie for H. Clay Pierce.

Assistant Attorney General Adkins and Mr. Karl W. Kirchwey for the United States.

Mr. Chief Justice White delivered the opinion of the court:

These cases concern the right to recover a tax on the yacht Yacona, becoming due on the 1st of September, 1910. The complaint filed by the United States in No. 65 was in substance like that filed in the previous cases, and the answer in effect set up the same defenses, especially the defense relating to the nonuse of the yacht. The case, by stipulation, was submitted to the court without a jury, a finding of facts was made which distinctly established [232 U.S. 292, 293]   the nonuse during the taxing year, and the court gave a judgment for the tax, although it rejected the interest, upon the same construction of the act which it applied in the previous cases. The certificate in this as in the other cases is here in consequence of error prosecuted by the United States to the circuit court of appeals, because of the rejection of the interest claimed. Treating this case as we treated the others, and applying the construction in those cases given, it follows that the judgment in this case must be reversed.

And it is so ordered.

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