McBoyle v. United States
|McBoyle v. United States|
|Argued February 26–27, 1931|
Decided March 9, 1931
|Full case name||McBoyle v. United States|
|Citations||283 U.S. 25 (more)|
|Prior history||Certiorari to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
|The court held that since the law did not specify aircraft, it did not apply to aircraft.|
|Majority||Holmes, joined by unanimous|
McBoyle v. United States, 283 U.S. 25 (1931), was a United States Supreme Court case.
Although it is not likely that a criminal will carefully consider the text of the law before he murders or steals, it is reasonable that a fair warning should be given to the world in language that the common world will understand, of what the law intends to do if a certain line is passed. To make the warning fair, so far as possible the line should be clear.
This case is a good example of the canon of ejusdem generis ("of the same kind, class, or nature").
- National Motor Vehicle Theft Act, October 29, 1919, c. 89, 41 Stat 324
- Tariff Act, June 17, 1930, c. 997, § 401 (b)