State v. Polly Goins & John Goins

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Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. Polly Goins & John Goins
Case Date: 
1848
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Assault and Battery

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
12
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A jury convicted Polly, a 12-year-old girl, of assault & battery against Sarah Taylor, described as "a small girl." John Goins was also charged but the jury found him not guilty. Witnesses: Sarah & William Taylor. Court then discharged Polly, finding she was legally incapable of committing the crime because she was under 14, despite evidence that she knew right from wrong & that she acted in revenge against Sally.