Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Denney v. Reppert case brief

Denney v. Reppert case brief summary
432 S.W.2d 647 (Ky. App. 1968)

CASE SYNOPSIS
Appeal of an order from the Pulaski Circuit Court (Kentucky) holding that appellee was entitled to a reward offered for the arrest and conviction of three bank robbers.

CASE FACTS
A bankers association provided and advertised a reward of $ 1500 for the arrest and conviction of three bank robbers. The robbers were eventually arrested and convicted. There were many claimants for the reward, including: (1) appellants, a group of bank tellers who were present during the robbery and who provided the police with a description of the robbers, (2) the police officers who arrested the robbers, and (3) appellee deputy sheriff who assisted with the arrest, but was outside of his jurisdiction and under no legal duty to make the arrest. The trial court awarded the money to appellee.

DISCUSSION
On appeal, the court held that appellee was entitled to the reward because appellants and the police officers were acting within the scope of their employment duties when the robbery and arrests occurred.

CONCLUSION
Order finding that appellee was entitled to the reward affirmed because appellee was outside of his jurisdiction and under no legal duty to make an arrest when he arrested the bank robbers.


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