Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
State v. Leopold
Leopold (Defendant) hired Weiss to set fire to a building in order to collect insurance proceeds on some furniture stored in part of the building. The furniture was owned by the Waterbury Furniture Company, in which Defendant was a minority shareholder. Another part of the building contained an apartment where two boys and their father stayed. As a result of the fire, Weiss and the two boys died. Defendant was indicted for first-degree murder. At trial, the court refused Defendant’s request to instruct the jury that an intervening act of the boys caused their death and, thus, should relieve Defendant of criminal liability. Defendant was convicted and he appealed.
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