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Entick v. Carrington
England and Wales Court of Common Pleas
19 Howell’s State Trials 1029 (1765)
Entick (plaintiff) sued Carrington and three other messengers (defendants) for trespass. After an informant claimed that Entick was involved in the publication of a seditious newspaper, a magistrate working for the earl of Halifax issued a warrant authorizing his messengers to search Entick’s home and seize his papers. Carrington and the other messengers searched Entick’s home for four hours, seized many of Entick’s books and papers, and then seized Entick. Entick sued the messengers for trespass.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Camden, C.J.)
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