Virginia v. Cohens


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  • The Virginia v. Cohens case starts with the illegal sale of D.C. lottery tickets in Virginia.
  • Yo we got hot deals on lottery tickets!
  • The Cohen brothers were tried in Virginia because that is where the crimes were committed, even though they were D.C. lottery tickets.
  • Even though the crime had occurred in the state of virginia, the selling of the lottery tickets did not greatly effect the economy of Virginia, the case was taken to the federal courts of D.C, eventually to the supreme court in 1821.
  • This is like probs a D.C. case yo
  • There was large dispute simply over who had ultimate jurisdiction over a case that involved different states
  • Naw dawg this is a Virginia case because that was the place of the crime.
  • This was the first dispute over jurisdiction within the supreme court. At this time the Supreme court was feeling powerful and enforced its own growth.
  • From the Virginia v. Cohens case on the supreme court gave itself the power to have elite jurisdiction over any case occuring within the United States, Strengthening the Supreme court and the Federal Government.
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