Title

Judgment Book of the Superior Court, Vol. E, at 357-58, New Hampshire State Archives - Nathaniel Woodman

Authors

Document Type

Judgment

Publication Date

10-8-1766

Article Footnote

Article 2, footnote 151

Book Footnote

Chapter 6, footnote 25

Abstract

... Nathaniel Woodman of Salem, New Hampshire found himself on the losing end of a lawsuit tried before a Justice of the Peace named John Ober. Ordered to pay the plaintiff 20 shillings, Woodman requested an attested copy of the judgment in order to take an appeal. But, Woodman complained, Ober, “contrary to his ... office, oath and duty,” refused to provide the document, thereby damaging Woodman to the tune of £10. Woodman recovered 5 shillings plus court costs at the trial level, a sum increased to 30 shillings plus costs when Ober appealed.

Comments

Improper official behavior was not confined to false imprisonments and neither were damages actions.

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