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State v. Mann
North Carolina Supreme Court
13 N.C. 263 (1829)
Mann (defendant) leased Lydia, a slave, for a year. While Lydia was under Mann’s authority, Mann attempted to punish her for committing “some small offence,” and Lydia ran away. After shouting at Lydia to stop, Mann shot and injured her. Mann was indicted for assault and battery. At trial, the jury found that Mann’s shooting of Lydia was cruel, unwarrantable, and disproportionate to the offense Lydia had committed and convicted him. Mann appealed his conviction.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ruffin, J.)
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