No. ___, Original.
Submitted April 27, 1909. Decided May 3, 1909.
Petition for leave to file petition for mandamus to compel the Circuit Court of Appeals to take jurisdiction of a writ of error to the Circuit Court to review an order fining petitioner for contempt denied without opinion.
A motion for rehearing was denied, with the following opinion:"We see no reason to order a rehearing, nor to certify the questions to the Supreme Court. The decisions in Bessette v. W.B. Conkey Co., 194 U.S. 334; and Matter of Christensen Eng. Co., 194 U.S. 458, cover the case now presented. The decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals in the First Circuit (Wilson v. Colculagraph Co., 163 F. 901), indicates that this order at the heel of the final decree might be reviewed by appeal."Whereupon petitioner, asserting that the order of the Circuit Court is, notwithstanding such opinions, reviewable only by writ of error, applied to this court for a writ of mandamus to compel the Circuit Court of Appeals to take jurisdiction thereof and decide the same.
Mr. Abraham A. Berman for petitioner.
Mr. Arthur v. Briesen submitted a brief for the respondent, contending that a contempt order in an equity suit is not reviewable by writ of error if the fine be purely compensatory and not penal in its nature, as such orders are only reviewable, if at all, by appeal.
Motion for leave to file petition for a writ of mandamus denied.