Hanson v. Johnson
Supreme Court of Minnesota
201 N.W. 322 (Minn. 1924)
Hanson (plaintiff) leased a farm to Schrik, and retained the rights to two-fifths of the corn grown on the farm. Schrik mortgaged his share of the crops to the bank, which sold Schrik’s property at auction with Schrik’s permission. Part of this sale was 393 bushels of corn, which were purchased by Johnson (defendant). Hanson brought a conversion suit against the bank and Johnson, seeking to recover damages for the corn. At trial, Hanson introduced evidence, over Johnson’s hearsay objection, that Schrik had told him that the corn in question was his share under the terms of the lease. Specifically, Hanson testified that Schrik said: “Mr. Hanson, here is your corn for this year . . . this belongs to you, Mr. Hanson.” The trial court ruled in favor of Hanson. Johnson appealed on the grounds that the evidence of Schrik’s statement should not have been admitted.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wilson, C.J.)
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