Champion v. Ames

PETITIONER: Charles F. Champion
RESPONDENT: John C. Ames, United States Marshal
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 2
DECIDED BY:
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Feb 27, 1901 / Feb 28, 1901 / Oct 16, 1901 / Oct 17, 1901 / Dec 15, 1902 / Dec 16, 1902
DECIDED: Feb 23, 1903

Facts of the case

The defendants in the case were arrested and convicted under an Act of Congress of 1895 that made it illegal to send or conspire to send lottery tickets across state lines.

Question

Did the transport of lottery tickets by independent carriers constitute "commerce" that Congress could regulate under the Commerce Clause?