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Kurtz v. Moffitt (1885)

  • By: John R. Vile
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

Kurtz v. Moffitt, 115 U.S. 487 (1885), is an early U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited the authority of civilians to arrest military deserters absent a warrant or specific congressional authorization to do so.

The Court's unanimous decision was written by Justice ...

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