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HALL, Dominick Augustine, jurist, born in South Carolina in 1765; died in New Orleans, Louisiana, 12 December, 1820. He began the practice of law in Charleston, South Carolina, was district judge of Orleans territory from 1809 till 1812, when Louisiana was admitted to the Union, and was afterward one of its United States judges. He resigned his seat on the bench to accept a judgeship of the state supreme court, but was reappointed Federal judge instead, and remained in the United States court until his death. In December, 1814, Judge Hall was ordered by the military authorities to adjourn his court for two months, owing to the operations of the British force against New Orleans. In March, 1815, while the city was under martial law, he granted a writ of habeas corpus for the release of Louis Louillier, a member of the state legislature, who was then under arrest, by order of General Andrew Jackson, for exciting a seditious meeting among his troops. General Jackson refused to recognize Judge Hall's authority, and at once ordered Louillier's rearrest and imprisonment, and committed Hall to jail. The latter was released the next morning, and summoned General Jackson to answer for contempt of court in disregarding the writ of habeas corpus, in detaining an original paper, and in imprisoning a judge. The general appeared in person, and, after an argument by counsel, was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000. But congress refunded him this sum with interest, in 1844.
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