Facts: British subject Martin (D) was heir to the Virginia estates of Lord Fairfax, who died in England in 1781. Through State a legislation confiscating the property of British loyalists, Virginia conveyed title to Hunter. Hunter’s lessee (P) brought an action of ejectment against Martin. D defended his title by virtue of two Treaties between the US and Britain that protected such British-owned property. The Virginia Court of Appeals sustained P’s claim but was reversed by the United States Supreme Court. The Virginia court refused to comply with the reversal, and D again appealed.
Issue: Whether the Supreme Court had appellate jurisdiction over the highest State Courts on issues involving the Constitution, Fed Laws, and Treaties?
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