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Odorizzi v. Bloomfield School District
Citation:246 Cal.App.2d 123, 54 Cal.Rptr. 533 (1966)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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On June 10 plaintiff Odorizzi, who was employed as an elementary school teacher by the defendant school, was arrested on criminal charges of homosexual activity, and on June 11 he signed and delivered to his superiors his written resignation as a teacher, a resignation which the district accepted. Odorizzi asserted his resignation was invalid because obtained through duress, fraud, mistake, and undue influence and given at a time when he lacked capacity to make a valid contract. Specifically, Odorizzi declares that he was under such severe mental and emotional strain at the time he signed his resignation, having just completed the process of arrest, questioning by the police that he was incapable of rational thought or action. By his complaint, plaintiff seeks to rescind his resignation on the ground that his consent had been obtained through duress, menace, undue influence or mistake.
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