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Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Ry. v. Alabama, 128 U.S. 96 (1888)

Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway v. Alabama

No 990

Argued October 11, 1888

Decided October 22, 1888

128 U.S. 96


A state statute which requires locomotive engineers and other persons, employed by a railroad company in a capacity which calls for the ability to distinguish and discriminate between color signals to be examined in this respect from time to time by a tribunal established for the purpose, and which exacts a fee from the company for the service of examination, does not deprive the company of its property without due process of law, and, so far as it affects interstate commerce, is within the competency of the state to enact until Congress legislates on the subject.

The provision in Article III of the Constitution of the United States which provides that the trial of all crimes "shall he held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed" relates only to trials in federal Courts, and has no application to trials in state Courts.

The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.

Page 128 U. S. 97

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