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Bird v. Jones
115 Eng. Rep. 688 (K.B. 1845)
A portion of a state highway was closed down by Jones (defendant) for spectators to sit during a boat race. Bird (plaintiff) desired to enter this portion of the highway and was prevented by police officers at the direction of Jones. Bird was not physically restrained in any way, and was free to move in any other direction besides along the highway. Bird brought suit against Jones on the ground that he suffered false imprisonment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Coleridge, J.)
Dissent (Lord Denman, C.J.)
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