Necessity Is Not a Reasonable Defense

09.05.2016 • Politics and War

From Merryn’s Blog (GBR) – I wrote in the MoneyWeek editor’s letter this week about a court case in Italy that overturned a conviction of shoplifting from a supermarket on the basis that the thief was in dire need of food. Russell Napier of – who pointed out the Italian case to me in the first place – has also reminded me of the English case that once made it clear that necessity is not a reasonable defense in a criminal case. The precedent comes from a story of shipwreck and murder.

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