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Rex v. Huggins

King’s Bench
92 Eng.Rep. 518 (1730)


Facts

Huggins (defendant) was the warden of a prison. Huggins’ deputy, Barnes, placed a prisoner, Arne, in a cell situated on the prison’s common sewer. Thereafter, Arne died from living in the unhealthy conditions. Barnes and Huggins were indicted for murder. At trial, evidence showed that Huggins had no knowledge of, nor consented to, the confinement of Arne in the particularly unhealthy cell. The jury returned a special verdict convicting Barnes of murder and acquitting Huggins of the charge. An appeal was heard regarding whether the jury properly found Huggins not guilty of murder.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Raymond, Lord C.J.)

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