U.S. Supreme Court
The Rachel v. United States, 10 U.S. 329 (1810)
The Rachel v. United States
10 U.S. 329
APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF ORLEANS
No sentence of condemnation can be affirmed if the law under which the forfeiture accrued has expired, although a condemnation and sale had taken place, and the money had been paid over to the United States before the expiration of the law. The court reversing the sentence will not order the money to be repaid, but will award restitution of the property as if no sale had been made.
This was an appeal from the sentence of the District Court of the United States for the District of Orleans, which condemned the schooner Rachel for having traded with certain prohibited ports of St. Domingo contrary to the act of Congress.