Metzger Motor Car Co. v. Parrott, 233 U.S. 36 (1914)

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Metzger Motor Car Co. v. Parrott, 233 U.S. 36 (1914)

Metzger Motor Car Co. v. Parrott


No. 309


Argued March 18, 19, 1914
Decided April 6, 1914
233 U.S. 36

ERROR TO THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN

Syllabus

Where, since the judgment of the United States district court was obtained, the highest court of the state has declared the state statute on which the case was brought to be unconstitutional under the state constitution, and there is no right to recover in the absence of statute, it is the obvious duty of this Court to reverse the judgment.

While this Court must decide for itself whether a state statute is repugnant to the federal Constitution, it must accept the ruling of the state court as to the repugnancy of that statute to the state constitution.

This Court cannot treat as existing a state statute which the court of last resort of that state has held cannot to enforced compatibly with the state constitution.

The highest court of Michigan having, since the judgment herein was rendered below, held the provisions of the Vehicle Law of that state on which this action was based void under the state constitution, this Court must regard such law as nonexistent, and reverse the judgment which was based solely thereon.

The facts are stated in the opinion.

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Chicago: U.S. Supreme Court, "Syllabus," Metzger Motor Car Co. v. Parrott, 233 U.S. 36 (1914) in 233 U.S. 36 233 U.S. 40. Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN11IQPMP1UMFAP.

MLA: U.S. Supreme Court. "Syllabus." Metzger Motor Car Co. v. Parrott, 233 U.S. 36 (1914), in 233 U.S. 36, page 233 U.S. 40. Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN11IQPMP1UMFAP.

Harvard: U.S. Supreme Court, 'Syllabus' in Metzger Motor Car Co. v. Parrott, 233 U.S. 36 (1914). cited in 1914, 233 U.S. 36, pp.233 U.S. 40. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN11IQPMP1UMFAP.