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Murphy v. Hobbs
Colorado Supreme Court
5 P. 119 (Colo. 1884)
The plaintiff brought a civil action against the defendant to recover damages for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment. The jury found in favor of the plaintiff and the judge gave the jury instructions permitting it to award punitive damages “as a punishment to defendant.” The jury did, in fact, award the plaintiff punitive damages. The defendant appealed, arguing that the jury instructions authorizing punitive damages were improper.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Helm, J.)
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