Second Appeal to the Supreme Court
of the State of Missouri, 1850-1852
The case was postponed until the October 1850 term. The justices were unanimous in their pro-slavery decision to overturn precedents upholding the binding force of the 1787 Northwest Ordinance. The opinion of the October 1850 term, however, was never written. In August 185 1, new judges were elected to the Supreme Court, and the case became a controversial political issue.
With this judgment, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed the lower court decision, declaring that Scott was still a slave.