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ESSEX PUBLIC ROAD BOARD V. SKINKLE, 140 U. S. 334 (1891)

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Essex Public Road Board v. Skinkle, 140 U.S. 334 (1891)

Essex Public Road Board v. Skinkle

No. 262

Submitted March 25, 1891

Decided Flay 11, 1591

140 U.S. 334

ERROR TO THE SUPREME COURT

OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY

Syllabus

An executive agency, created by a statute of a state for the purpose of improving public highways and empowered to assess the cost of its improvements upon adjoining lands and to put up for sale and buy in for a term of years for its own use any such lands delinquent in the payment of the assessment, does not, by such a purchase, acquire a contract chanroblesvirtualawlibrary

Page 140 U. S. 335

right in the land so bought which the state cannot modify without violating the provisions of the Constitution of the United States.

Such a transaction is matter of law, and not of contract, and as such is not open to constitutional objections.





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