Torts I, Page 25
Ranson v. Kitner
Appellate Court of Illinois, 1889
Defendant shot plaintiff's dog, thinking it was a wolf.
Trial court found for plaintiff.
Is mistake a defense to an intentional tort?
: Good faith mistakes do not negate intent for intentional torts.
They intended to shoot the animal, causing the outcome. They just didn't know what animal it was.
A good faith mistake is not a defense to an intentional tort.