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ROBERTSON v. UNITED STATES, EX REL. WATSON

Docket No.: 08-6261
Certiorari Granted: 12/14/2009
Argued: March 31, 2010
Decided: May 24, 2010

Topics:

Article I, Bill of Rights, Bivens action, Double Jeopardy, Due Process, Fourteenth Amendment, Immigration and Naturalization, Miranda, Sixth Amendment, separation of powers

PartyNames: John Robertson v. United States, ex rel. Wykenna Watson
Petitioner: John Robertson
Respondent: United States, ex rel. Wykenna Watson

Court Below: District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Citation: 940 A.2d 1050

John Robertson
v.
United States, ex rel. Wykenna Watson
Consideration Limited:

LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:flOmega WHETHER AN ACTION FOR CRIMINAL CONTEMPT IN A CONGRESSIONALLY CREATED COURT MAY CONSTITUTIONALLY BE BROUGHT IN THE NAME AND PURSUANT TO THE POWER OF A PRIVATE PERSON, RATHER THAN IN THE NAME AND PURSUANT TO THE POWER OF THE UNITED STATES.

Question Presented:

:flOmega Whether, consistent with this Court's cases and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, an action for criminal contempt in a congressionally created court may be brought in the name and pursuant to the power of a private person, rather than in the name and pursuant to the power of the United States.

Question:

Is an action for criminal contempt in a congressionally created court brought in the name and pursuant to the power of a private person, rather than in the name and pursuant to the power of the United States, constitutional?

ROBERTSON v. UNITED STATES, EX REL. WATSON
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 31, 2010

Holding: dismissed
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By: Per Curiam

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ROBERTSON v. UNITED STATES, EX REL. WATSON
Case Documents

1Opinion in ROBERTSON v. UNITED STATES, EX REL. WATSON
2ROBERTSON v. UNITED STATES, EX REL. WATSON Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
3ROBERTSON v. UNITED STATES, EX REL. WATSON Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
4ROBERTSON v. UNITED STATES, EX REL. WATSON Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
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