Mills v. State
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
224 S.W. 780 (1920)
Ed Turner purchased some cotton in a field and entered into negotiations with Charlie Mills (defendant) to buy a portion of the cotton. Mills believed they agreed on a purchase price of $10 and went to the field and picked some cotton. Mills then sold that cotton on the open market. Turner visited Mills to ask for payment, did not find Mills, and filed a complaint alleging theft. At trial, Mills asked the court to instruct the jury that if Mills believed he had purchased the cotton he picked, he could be acquitted of theft under a claim-of-right defense. The court refused, and Mills was convicted.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lattimore, J.)
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