Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Torts Quote of the Day

From Lombard Laws, King Luitprand, Law 136.VII. (A.D. 733):
...no blame should be placed on the man who owns the well [for a tort in which both the perpetrator and victim were third parties] because if we placed the blame on him, no one hereafter would permit other men to raise water from their wells, and since all men cannot have a well, those who are poor would die and those who are traveling through would also suffer need.

I love the matter of fact way the inevitable death of poor people is trotted out as an impact.

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