U.S. Supreme Court
Holden v. Minnesota, 137 U.S. 483 (1890)
Holden v. Minnesota
Argued November 20-21, 1890
Decided December 8, 1890
137 U.S. 483
APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED
STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
Section 4 of the Minnesota statute of April 24, 1889, Gen.Laws Minn. 1889, c. 20, providing that in case of sentence of death for murder in the first degree, the convict shall he kept in solitary confinement after the issue of the warrant of execution by the governor, and only certain persons allowed to visit him, is an independent provision, applicable only to offenses committed after its passage, and is not ex post facto.
Section 7 of that statute, which repeals all acts or parts of acts inconsistent with its provisions, does not repeal the previous statute which prescribes the punishment of murder in the first degree by death by hanging, and that the execution should take place only after the issue of a warrant of execution.