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Regina v. Eagleton

England Court of Criminal Law
 [1855] 6 Cox C.C. 559


Eagleton (defendant), a baker, contracted with a local soup kitchen to give loaves of bread to the poor. Under the contract, each needy person who presented Eagleton with a “ticket” was to get a loaf that weighed 3.5 pounds. Eagleton then turned in the tickets, along with a statement of the number of loaves supplied, to a relieving officer who would credit Eagleton in his books and make a payment thereafter. It was later learned that Eagleton had provided loaves to the poor weighing much less than the contracted 3.5 pounds, but representing the loaves as being the appropriate weight. Eagleton was convicted of attempting to obtain money by false pretenses, a misdemeanor. Eagleton appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Parke, B.)

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