U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Insley, 130 U.S. 263 (1889)
United States v. Insley
Argued March 21, 1889
Decided April 8, 1889
130 U.S. 263
APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
UNITED STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
In a suit in equity, brought by the United States to redeem a parcel of land in Kansas from a mortgage, the defense of laches cannot be set up, although the bill was filed more than twelve years after the defendant obtained title to the land by purchasing it on a foreclosure sale under the mortgage and more than thirteen years after the United States purchased the land on a sale on execution on a judgment obtained by it, after the mortgage was given, against the mortgagor who still owned the land, the United States not having been a party to the foreclosure suit.
The United States holds the title to the land for public purposes, and not for private purposes, and holds in like manner the incidental right of redemption.