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Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee
Citation:14 U.S. (1 Wheat.) 304, 4 L.Ed. 97 (1816).
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Lord Fairfax, a Virginia citizen, willed his Virginia land to his nephew, Martin, a British citizen. In 1789, Virginia granted Martin’s land to Hunter, pursuant to state laws allowing confiscation of lands owned by British citizens. The Virginia Court of Appeals (Virginia’s highest court) ruled in favor of Hunter, and the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision. However, the Virginia Court of Appeals refused to obey the Supreme Court’s mandate.
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