Torts I, Page 25

Ranson v. Kitner

Appellate Court of Illinois, 1889

Facts:

Defendant shot plaintiff's dog, thinking it was a wolf.

Procedural History:

Trial court found for plaintiff.

Issue:

Is mistake a defense to an intentional tort?

Rule:

Bell: Good faith mistakes do not negate intent for intentional torts.

Reasoning:

They intended to shoot the animal, causing the outcome. They just didn't know what animal it was.

Rule/Holding:

A good faith mistake is not a defense to an intentional tort.

Judgment:

Affirmed.

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