Rex v Stratton: 1779

It was just possible to imagine cases in which the expediency of breaking the law was so overwhelming that people might be justified in breaking it. The rule could be extended to cases of treason upon a general principle that it could to be extended to other classes of crime.
Lord Mansfield
(1779) 21 How St Tr 1045
England and Wales
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CitedAttorney-General v Whelan 20-Dec-1933
(Court of Criminal Appeal – Ireland) The appellant had been tried as part of a conspiracy to steal and to receive stolen good. He was acquitted of the conspiracy, but now appealed against his conviction for theft despite his assertion that he acted . .

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Updated: 09 May 2021; Ref: scu.213661