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United States v. Kernan, 1887

[murder - manslaughter]

United States v. Kernan

United States Consular Court, Kanagawa
1887

Source: Daily Alta California, 18 October 1887

The Consular Court held at Kanagawa by United States Consul General Greathouse, has rendered a decision in the case of John Kernan, who while in the port of Hakodate murdered Albert Halvorsen.  Kernan was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to two years and a half imprisonment and fined $1.  Whisky, delirium tremens and insanity effected the light sentence.

 

Source: Daily Alta California, 18 November 1887

United States Minister Hubbard has ordered a new trial in the case of John Kernan an American seaman convicted in a Consular Court of the crime of manslaughter.

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School