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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Champion v. Ames
Citation:188 U.S. 321 (1903)
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The appellant insists that the carrying of lottery tickets from one state to another state by an express company engaged in carrying freight and packages from state to state, although such tickets may be contained in a box or package, does not constitute, and cannot by any act of Congress be legally made to constitute, commerce among the states within the meaning of the Commerce Clause. The Court held that commerce among the States embraces navigation, intercourse, traffic and the transmission of messages by telegraph. The appellant argues that lottery tickets are not of any real or substantial value and thus are not subjects of commerce.
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