MONAGAS V. ALBERTUCCI, 235 U. S. 81 (1914)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Monagas v. Albertucci, 235 U.S. 81 (1914)

Monagas v. Albertucci

No. 44

Submitted October 29, 1914

Decided November 30, 1914

235 U.S. 81


On an appeal from the Supreme Court of Porto Rico, the power of this Court is confined to determining whether error of law was committed in admitting or rejecting evidence and whether the findings of fact are adequate to sustain the conclusions based on them. Rosaly v. Graham, 227 U. S. 584.

Although the appellate court held that the trial court erred in admitting over objection testimony offered to show that a contract of conditional sale was really a mortgage, as that court also considered the evidence and based the exclusion thereof on the ground of its character, and because it did not have probative force to accomplish the result, the testimony was weighed sufficiently for the purpose of finding that the instrument is what it purports to be, and the findings and conclusions of law to the effect that the instrument is one of conditional sale and not of mortgage are adequate to support the judgment.

17 P.R. 684 affirmed.

The facts, which involve the extent of the power of this Court on appeal from the Supreme Court of Porto Rico and also the validity of a judgment of that court holding that a transfer of property was a conditional sale that had become absolute and was not a mortgage, are stated in the opinion.