236 US 660 American Seeding Machine Company v. Commonwealth of Kentucky
236 U.S. 660
35 S.Ct. 456
59 L.Ed. 773
AMERICAN SEEDING MACHINE COMPANY, Plff. in Err.,
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY.
Argued March 5, 1915.
Decided March 15, 1915.
Messrs. J. E. Bowman and Alexander Pope Humphrey for plaintiff in error.
No appearance for defendant in error.
Memorandum opinion by Mr. Justice McKenna, by direction of the court:
Plaintiff in error was convicted in the circuit court of Barren county, Kentucky, and fined for alleged violation of §§ 3915 and 3941a of the Kentucky laws commonly known as the Kentucky Anti-trust Statutes, and prosecutes this writ to review the judgment.
The grounds of error assigned are: (1) That the statutes in question are in conflict with the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; (2) that the particular transactions involved were transactions of interstate commerce, and protected from state regulation by the commerce clause of the Constitution of the United States.
These grounds were presented to the lower court first by demurrer, which was overruled, and, after answer and trial to a jury, by a request for peremptory instructions for defendant.
The sections of the laws of Kentucky referred to were declared to be invalid by this court under the 14th Amendment because they, as construed by the court of appeals of the state, offered no standard of conduct that it is possible to know. International Harvester Co. v. Kentucky, 234 U. S. 216, 58 L. ed. 1284, 34 Sup. Ct. Rep. 853. Therefore, the judgment of conviction against plaintiff in error must be reversed.
It is not necessary to pass on any other question.