Does Anyone Know Which Kochersperger This Was?
United States v. Kochersperger, 26 F. Cas. 803 (E.D. Pa. 1860) (No.
15,541). Defendant, a local messenger service in Philadelphia, was
accused of (i) violating § 3 of the postal act of 1827 by establishing
foot posts over local "postal routes" and (ii) violating § 9 of the
postal act of 1845 by establishing a private express. Held: not guilty.
Section 3 of the 1827 act prohibited the establishment of foot posts
over "post roads" and a "postal route" was not the same as a "post
road." Section 9 of the postal act 1845 prohibited the establishment of
a private express between post offices but not within the district of a
single post office. The decision of the court is the most erudite
opinion on the postal monopoly in American jurisprudence.
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