Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Thomas Jefferson case brief summary

The Thomas Jefferson (1825)
                      Justice Story passed up a chance to further expand American Admiralty Jurisdiction
                      In England, the admiralty judges had never claimed jurisdiction upriver further than the ebb and flow of the tide
                      Libel claims wages earned on a voyage on the Missouri River
                      Issue: Is there admiralty/maritime jurisdiction?
                      Admiralty jurisdiction is found in cases where the service was substantially performed, or to be performed, upon the sea, or upon waters within the ebb and flow of the tide
                      This voyage was several hundred miles above the ebb and flow of the tide and therefore, the wages cannot be considered as earned in maritime employment

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