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PECKHAM V. HENKEL, 216 U. S. 483 (1910)

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Peckham v. Henkel, 216 U.S. 483 (1910)

Peckham v. Henkel

No. 366

Argued January 6, 7, 1910

Decided February 21, 1910

216 U.S. 483


Haas v. Henkel, ante, p. 216 U. S. 462, followed as to jurisdiction of commissioner under § 1014, Rev.Stat., in removal proceedings to remove accused who has been indicted in more than one district.

The fact that the person whose removal is sought is under bond to appear in other removal proceedings on prior indictments does not prevent the removal order's being issued. The effect could only be to exonerate the sureties.

The rule that the jurisdiction over the person by one federal court must be respected until exhausted is one of comity only, and has a limited application in criminal cases. It will not prevent removal under § 1014, Rev.Stat., where the cases are not the same.

Even if a second removal proceeding does amount to an election by the government to abandon the first complaint, that fact does not affect the jurisdiction of the commissioner.

Disregard of comity between federal courts at the instance of the government is not an invasion of constitutional rights of the accused. It does not affect the jurisdiction of the commissioner, and even if his decision is erroneous, it cannot be attacked on habeas corpus. Habeas corpus is not writ of error.

166 F. 627 affirmed.

The facts are stated in the opinion.

Page 216 U. S. 484

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