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Commonwealth v. Peaslee

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
59 N.E. 55 (1901)


Facts

Peaslee (defendant) made plans to burn down a building and to defraud its insurers. He collected and prepared combustibles so that only the lighting of the combustibles remained. Peaslee solicited an employee of his to light the fire. The employee refused. At a later time, Peaslee and the employee were in a car driving towards the building. When they were about a quarter mile away, Peaslee decided not to go through with the plan and drove away. Peaslee was indicted for the attempted burning of the building. Peaslee brought a motion to quash and requested a directed verdict in his favor.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Holmes, C.J.)

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