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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Champion v. Ames
Citation:The Lottery Case, 188 U.S. 321 (1903)
In 1895, Congress passed a federal law prohibiting the sale and transportation of lottery tickets across state lines. Defendant (appellant) Champion was indicted under that law for conspiring to transport lottery tickets from Texas to California. Champion argued that Congress could not pass a law imposing a penalty on the transportation of lottery tickets between states, because under the Commerce Clause, Congress only has the power to “regulate,” and imposition of a penalty was effectively a prohibition, not a regulation.
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