John Cameron v. Jacob Ottinger

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Supreme Court Case Name: 
John Cameron v. Jacob Ottinger
Case Date: 
1858
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Civil
Cause/Crime: 
Slaves, Selling of

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
67
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Ottinger sold Cameron a negro slave Eliza, for $525. Cameron claimed that, before the sale, Ottinger falsely misrepresented the slave as being healthy when in fact he knew she was not, as evidenced by her death from consumption soon after the sale. Cameron sued Ottinger for $1,000 in damages. 1st jury couldn't agree on verdict (mistrial). 2nd jury ruled in Ottinger's favor, Cameron appealed. Witnesses: Peggy Oneal (lived with Cameron), James M. Yett (knew Eliza's family), Catherine Ottinger, others.