Does Anyone Know Which Kochersperger This Was? United States v. Kochersperger, 26 F. Cas. 803 (E.D. Pa. 1860) (No. 15,541). Defendant, a local messenger service in Philadelphia, was accused of (i) violating § 3 of the postal act of 1827 by establishing foot posts over local "postal routes" and (ii) violating § 9 of the postal act of 1845 by establishing a private express. Held: not guilty. Section 3 of the 1827 act prohibited the establishment of foot posts over "post roads" and a "postal route" was not the same as a "post road." Section 9 of the postal act 1845 prohibited the establishment of a private express between post offices but not within the district of a single post office. The decision of the court is the most erudite opinion on the postal monopoly in American jurisprudence.