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Katko v. Briney
Defendant Briney inherited an unoccupied farm house. For ten years there were a series of housebreaking events with damage to the property. Frustrated with the vandalism, she and her husband set up a shotgun trap in one of the rooms which was rigged to shoot the legs of an intruder upon opening the door. Plaintiff Katko broke into the house looking for bottles and jars. He entered the rigged bedroom and much of his right leg and tibia was blown away, resulting in a 40-day hospital stay. He sued the Defendants for damages. The jury found for the plaintiff and the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed.
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