DANOVITZ V. UNITED STATES, 281 U. S. 389 (1930)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Danovitz v. United States, 281 U.S. 389 (1930)

Danovitz v. United States

No. 424

Argued April 23, 1930

Decided May 5, 1930

281 U.S. 389


1. Upon review of a judgment forfeiting contraband property under § 25, Title II of the Prohibition Act, the sufficiency and effect of the evidence are not open if the trial was to the judge without written waiver of a jury. P. 281 U. S. 396.

2. The word "manufacture" may be used to express the whole process by which an article is made ready for sale on the open market. Id.

3. The purpose of the Prohibition Act was to suppress the entire traffic that it condemns, and it should be liberally construed to that end. P. 281 U. S. 397.

4. Decisions under the revenue acts have little weight as against legislation under the 18th Amendment. Id.

5. Empty barrels and bottles, corks, labels and cartons offered for sale in such mode as purposely to attract purchasers who want them for the unlawful "manufacture" of intoxicating liquor for sale are designed for that manufacture within the meaning of § 25, Title II of the Prohibition Act, and are subject to seizure and forfeiture. Id.

34 F.2d 30, affirmed.

Certiorari, 280 U.S. 548, to review a decision of the circuit court of appeals affirming a decree of forfeiture under the Prohibition Act.

Page 519 U. S. 395

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