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Pocket Veto Case

The Pocket Veto, President Coolidge's Pocket Veto And The Washington Tribes, A Definition Of Adjournment


Okanogan, Methow, San Poelis, Nespelem, Colville, and Lake Indian Tribes or Bands of Washington State


United States

Petitioners' Claim

That the U.S. Court of Claims erred in finding a suit by the Okanogan Indians, et al. to be without legal foundation.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioners

William S. Lewis

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

William D. Mitchell, U.S. Attorney General

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, Pierce Butler, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Clark McReynolds, Edward Terry Sanford (writing for the Court), Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland, William Howard Taft, Willis Van Devanter

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

27 May 1929


The court of claims decision was affirmed.


The Court's decision legitimized presidential rejection of legislation by use of the "pocket veto."

Related Cases

  • Myers v. United States, 272 U.S. 52 (1926).
  • Wright v. United States, 302 U.S. 583 (1938).


Nelson, Michael, ed. The Presidency A to Z: A Ready Reference Encyclopedia. Washington: Congressional Quarterly, 1994.

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