People v. Jaffe
Court of Appeals of New York
185 N.Y. 497, 78 N.E. 169 (1906)
Jaffe (defendant) attempted to purchase 20 yards of cloth believing it had been stolen from J.W. Goddard & Son. However, the cloth had actually been recovered, returned to its owner, and presented for sale to Jaffe legally. Jaffe was charged with violating section 550 of New York’s Penal Code which stated that a person who buys or receives any stolen property knowing it to have been stolen is guilty of criminally receiving such property. At trial, the prosecution conceded that the cloth Jaffe had attempted to purchase had not been stolen goods. Jaffe was convicted of an attempt to commit the crime charged and he appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bartlett, J.)
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