National Affairs: Law of 1875

When any final judgment recovered against the United States or other claim duly allowed by legal authority shall be presented to the Secretary of the Treasury for payment and the plaintiff or claimant therein shall be indebted to the United States in any manner, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to withhold payment of an amount of such judgment or claim equal to the debt thus due to the United States. . . — Act of March 3, 1875.

This ancient bit of Federal law last week turned up as grit in the...

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