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Cole v. Turner Case Brief

Summary of Cole v. Turner

Facts:Turner committed assault and battery against Cole.

Issue:Whether the least amount of touching, when done in anger, satisfies the necessary element of battery?

Holding: Yes, if in anger the least amt. of touching is battery.


Ct. Rationale: Harmful or offensive contact, even at the barest minimum is trespass of battery.

Rule:Person is liable for battery if he/she causes harmful or offensive contact. Intent was not required at this time (1704).

Protects dignity interest with compensation, and grants money for injury.

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