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Sagner v. State

Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District
791 So.2d 1156 (2001)


Facts

Maurice William Sagner (defendant) intentionally threw a bottle at a man. Had the bottle hit the man, Sagner could have been charged with battery, defined as one person's intentional infliction of bodily harm against “another person.” Instead, Sagner unintentionally hit a bystander with the bottle, permanently injuring her eye. The State of Florida (plaintiff) prosecuted Sagner for aggravated battery, defined in part as battery that inflicts permanent disability. The judge instructed the jury on the doctrine of transferred intent: that if person A intends to injure person B, and in acting against B unintentionally injures person C, A can be convicted for intentionally injuring C. The jury convicted Sagner and he appealed to the Court of Appeal of Florida.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Taylor, J.)

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