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.