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Hannabalson v. Sessions

Supreme Court of Iowa
90 N.W. 93 (1902)


Facts

The plaintiff and the defendant lived next door to each other. They did not get along. There was a fence on the property line separating the two properties. The defendant’s ladder was hanging on the fence. The defendant claimed that the plaintiff reached over the fence to remove the ladder. The plaintiff claimed that she did not touch the ladder but that her arm was merely hanging over the fence. The plaintiff also claimed that the defendant struck her arm as it hung over the fence. The defendant claimed that he merely gently put his hand on the plaintiff’s arm, suggesting that she keep to her own side of the fence. The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant for assault and battery. Testimony at trial was conflicting. The jury found in favor of the defendant, and the plaintiff appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Weaver, J.)

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