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UNITED STATES v. DICKINSON.

decided: April 5, 1909.

UNITED STATES
v.
DICKINSON.



CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT.

Author: Fuller

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 MR. CHIEF JUSTICE FULLER delivered the opinion of the court.

Dickinson and one Foster were jointly indicted under ยง 5209 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, which is a part

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     of the National Bank Act. Foster, the principal defendant, was cashier of the South Danvers National Bank, and was charged with willfully misapplying the funds of the bank, and Dickinson was charged with aiding and abetting. Both having been convicted, Dickinson sued out a writ of error from the Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and after argument that court held his conviction invalid by reason of the fact that the verdict against him was found by a jury of only ten men. 159 Fed. Rep. 801. On a writ of certiorari issued on petition of the United States the case was brought to this court.

It appeared in the course of the trial that one of the jurors by reason of illness was unable to sit further, whereupon the following agreement, signed by the parties, was filed of record:

"Whereas, one of the jurors impanelled to try the above-entitled indictment is unable by reason of illness to further sit therein,

"Now, therefore, we consent and agree that the said juror, to wit, Charles F. Low, may be discharged from the further trial of this indictment, and that the trial now pending may proceed before the remaining eleven jurors with the same force and effect as if said juror had not been discharged."

The court then proceeded with the trial with the remaining eleven jurors. Subsequently, the trial being still unfinished, death occurred in the family of one of them, and another like agreement was filed of record as to him.

The trial proceeded with the remaining ten jurors, who returned a verdict of guilty, and thereupon a motion in arrest of judgment was filed as follows:

"And now, after verdict against the said John W. Dickinson, and before sentence, comes the said John W. Dickinson, by his attorneys, and moves the court here to arrest judgment herein and not pronounce the same, because of manifest errors in the record appearing, to wit: Because the said verdict against the said John W. Dickinson was found by a so-called jury consisting of ten (10) jurors only, and not by a jury of twelve (12)

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     jurors, as required by the Constitution and laws of the United States, and because no judgment against him, the said John W. Dickinson, can be lawfully rendered on said verdict."

This motion was overruled, and a bill of exceptions to the ruling was duly allowed on the same day, and defendant was sentenced by the court to nine years' imprisonment in the jail at Dedham.

The judgment of the Circuit Court of Appeals was --

"The judgment of the District Court and the verdict therein are set aside; and the case is remanded to that court for further ...


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