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Champion v. Ames

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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky

Citation. 188 U.S. 321

Brief Fact Summary. Appellant is an express carrier challenging the constitutionality of an act of Congress prohibiting the carriage of lottery tickets across state lines.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. Congress has the ability to regulate transport of goods in interstate commerce when such regulation does not affect the internal affairs of the states.


Facts. Defendant was indicted under an 1895 act criminalizing the interstate shipment of lottery tickets and similar instruments. Defendant argues that the act overreaches Congress’s commerce powers, as the mere transport of the tickets is not interstate commerce.

Issue. May Congress regulate shipment of lottery tickets from one state to another?

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