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Odorizzi v. Bloomfield School District
Citation:246 Cal. App. 2d 123 (1966)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Donald Odorizzi (plaintiff) was hired in 1964 as an elementary school teacher by Bloomfield School District (defendant). He was under contract to teach the following year as a permanent employee. During 1964, he was criminally charged with engaging in homosexual activities. Having just been arrested, investigated, booked, and released on bail, the plaintiff was visited at his home by the defendant’s district superintendent and his school’s principal, who had him sign his resignation papers immediately. The plaintiff was later cleared of the charges, but the defendant refused to reinstate him. The plaintiff sued the defendant and in an amended complaint he alleged that his resignation was invalid because he signed it when he lacked capacity and it was obtained through duress, fraud, mistake, and undue influence. The defendant demurred.
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