Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
474 A.2d 1115 (1984)
Samuel Henley (defendant) owned a jewelry store. An informant wearing a recording device went to Henley’s store with five gold chains that had been provided by the police. The informant told Henley that the chains were stolen and offered to sell the chains. Henley agreed to purchase the chains, believing that the chains were stolen, and also stated that he would like to take part in similar deals in the future. After leaving the store, the informant turned over the money and recording device to a detective. The detective subsequently arrested Henley, who was charged with attempted theft by receiving stolen property. According to Pennsylvania’s revised attempt statute, § 901, it would have been impossible for the defendant to actually commit the crime due to a misunderstanding of the circumstances. After the state presented its case, Henley filed a demurrer, arguing that the chains were not actually stolen property, due to the fact that the police possessed the chains, and that Henley therefore could not be convicted of an attempt to receive stolen property that was not actually stolen. The trial court accepted Henley’s defense and granted the demurrer. The superior court reversed, and Henley appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Papadakos, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 222,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.