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United States Supreme Court

WYMAN v. U S(1923)

No. 140

Argued: October 4, 1923Decided: October 4, 1923

October 22, 1923

Messrs. Otho S. Bowling, of New York City, and Robert H. Elder, of Pittsburgh, Pa., for plaintiff in error.

The Attorney General, for the United States.

Mr. Justice McKENNA delivered the opinion of the Court.

Plaintiff in error was proceeded against by an information for the violation of a section of the National Prohibition Act (41 Stat. 305).

A motion was made to dismiss the information on the ground that the crime charged was an infamous one within the meaning of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, in that by reason of the statutes of the United States and those of New York and New Jersey, the court had power to impose an infamous punishment, namely imprisonment at hard labor and [263 U.S. 14, 15]   imprisonment at involuntary labor, and that therefore Wyman could not be held to answer for such crime, except upon presentment or indictment by a grand jury.

The motion was denied and after trial plaintiff in error was found guilty and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 45 days in the Essex county jail, Newark, New Jersey.

To review this conviction and sentence is the purpose of this writ of error.

It will be observed that the case is identical in its legal aspects with No. 45, Brede v. Powers, 263 U.S. 4 , 44 Sup. Ct. 8, 68 L. Ed. --, just decided. For the reasons stated in the opinion in that case, the proceedings, action and judgment are


Mr. Justice McREYNOLDS and Mr. Justice BRANDEIS concur in the result.

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