Excerpt from History of the American Missionary Association: Its Constitution and Principles, &C., &C
At the Circuit Court, Sept. 18th, Judge Thompson instructed the grand jury that the courts of the United States have no jurisdiction in the case, as the oﬂ'ense (if it was an offense) was committed on board a Spanish vessel. A vessel sailing under the colors of any country (said he), is considered as a part of that country. This is just as if the offense was com mitted on land - on the island of Cuba; and our courts have no more jurisdiction in the one case than the other. Judge T. Stated that if the offense had been against the law of nations, the Court could have juris diction; but the killing of the captain of the Amistad was not a crime against the law of nations. Were the crime piracy, even, it would not be a crime against the law of nations, connected as it is with the slave trade.
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