Unformatted text preview: considered a slave of African decent. Issues: Whether Sandford should be liable for the assault against Scott? Proc. Hist: Certiorari was granted from the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Missouri finding that respondent was not liable to petitioner for assault. The trial court held that petitioner was a slave and, therefore, petitioner was merely property and respondent was allowed to treat his property as he thought appropriate. Holding: Sanford wasn’t liable because Scott was considered a slave. Rat: Scott wasn’t a citizen and couldn’t bring the action in the court and was a slave of African decent....
View Full Document
- Spring '10
- Abraham Lincoln, Slavery in the United States, American Civil War