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People v. Meyer

California Supreme Court
17 P. 431 (1888)


Facts

Lewis Joseph was a shop owner who placed an overcoat on a dummy outside of his shop. The overcoat was attached to the dummy by a chain, and the dummy was attached to the store building by a string. Joseph heard the chain rattle and saw Meyer (defendant) take the overcoat off of the dummy. Meyer was prevented from walking off with the overcoat because Joseph grabbed his arm and the chain was still attaching the overcoat to the dummy. Meyer was convicted of larceny and appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sharpstein, J.)

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