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City of Asbury Park v. Christmas

CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD CIRCUIT


July 22, 1935

CITY OF ASBURY PARK, N.J., ET AL.
v.
CHRISTMAS ET AL.

Appeal from the District Court of the United States for the District of New Jersey.

Author: Buffington

Before BUFFINGTON, WOOLLEY, and DAVIS, Circuit Judges.

BUFFINGTON, Circuit Judge.

Assuming for present purposes the power of the court below in ordinary cases to issue a writ of mandamus upon a municipality to aid a judgment creditor in enforcing such judgment, it still remains the law, as stated by the Supreme Court of the United States in Duncan Townsite Co. v. Lane, 245 U.S. 308, 311, 38 S. Ct. 99, 101, 62 L. Ed. 309, that: "Mandamus is an extraordinary remedial process which is awarded, not as a matter of right, but in the exercise of a sound judicial discretion. It issues to remedy a wrong, not to promote one; to compel the performance of a duty which ought to be performed, not to direct an act which will work a public or private mischief or will be within the strict letter of the law but in disregard of its spirit."

After due consideration, we are of opinion that sound judicial discretion does not warrant the exercise of such power at this time. In view of the efforts that are being made -- we assume in good faith -- by this municipality to provide to the limit of its power for the equity of treatment to all bondholders, we vacate the mandamus order granted, but direct the court to retain jurisdiction of the petition for the present.

19350722

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