Ex Parte Siebold
Significance, Stuffing The Ballot Box, Who Is In Charge?, The Court Fights Back
Albert Siebold, Walter Tucker, Martin C. Burns, Lewis Coleman, Henry Bowers
State of Maryland
The petitioners were all election judges from Baltimore who had been convicted in federal court and subsequently sentenced to prison for stuffing ballot boxes and related incidents of election fraud in a congressional election in Maryland. They sought a writ of habeas corpus "to be relieved from imprisonment" on the grounds that Congress had no power to punish state officials for violating the laws of their own state.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioners
Bradley T. Johnson
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Charles Devens, U.S. Attorney General
Justices for the Court
Joseph P. Bradley (writing for the Court), John Marshall Harlan I, Ward Hunt, Samuel Freeman Miller, William Strong, Noah Haynes Swayne, Morrison Remick Waite
Nathan Clifford, Stephen Johnson Field
Date of Decision
8 March 1880
Congress has the right to regulate federal elections, even if state laws also regulated the same elections, so the prison sentence stood and the writ of habeas corpus was denied.
The Court and Civil Rights
For much of the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction period, the Supreme Court was fairly conservative. In Ex parte Siebold, however, it took an unusually strong stand in support of the federal government's right and responsibility to protect the voting rights of all Americans.
- Ex parte Yarbrough, 110 U.S. 651 (1884).
- United States v. Mosley, 238 U.S. 383 (1915).
- Bardolph, Richard, ed. The Civil Rights Record: Black Americans and the Law, 1849-1970, New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1970.
- Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
- Fitz-John Porter Court-Martial: 1862-63 - Porter's Retreat At Second Manassas, Court-martial Follows Lincolnâ€”pope Meeting, Porter Found Guilty On Key Charges
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- Ex Parte Siebold - Significance
- Ex Parte Siebold - Stuffing The Ballot Box
- Ex Parte Siebold - Who Is In Charge?
- Ex Parte Siebold - The Court Fights Back
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