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Regina v. Thurborn

Court for Crown Cases Reserved
169 Eng. Rep. 293 (1848)


Facts

Thurborn (defendant) found a dropped money note on the road. There were no markings on the note nor any name and no means of finding out who the true owner of the note was. Thurborn intended to appropriate it to his own use when he picked it up. The following day, Thurborn learned that the note belonged to the prosecutor, but instead of returning the note, he changed the note and kept the money for himself. Thurborn was charged with larceny and found guilty by a jury. Thurborn appealed.

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