State v. Leopold
Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors
147 A. 118 (1929)
Leopold (defendant) hired Weiss to set fire to a building in order to collect insurance proceeds on some furniture stored in part of the building. The furniture was owned by the Waterbury Furniture Company, in which Leopold was a minority shareholder. Another part of the building contained an apartment where two boys and their father stayed. As a result of the fire, Weiss and the two boys died. Leopold was indicted for first-degree murder. At trial, the court refused Leopold’s request to instruct the jury that an intervening act of the boys caused their death and, thus, should relieve Leopold of criminal liability. Leopold was convicted and he appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Banks, J.)
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