People v. Young
Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division
210 N.Y.S.2d 358 (1961)
Young (defendant) saw an eighteen-year-old boy being beaten by two middle-aged men on a sidewalk and decided to try to rescue the boy by attacking the middle-aged men. Young believed that the boy was being assaulted by the middle-aged men. The middle-aged men were undercover detectives attempting to arrest the boy for disorderly conduct. The boy was resisting this arrest. Young did not know that the middle-aged men were undercover detectives when he attempted to rescue the boy. Young was charged with assault.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Breitel, J.)
Dissent (Valente, J.)
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