Braswell v. Wollard

In Braswell v. Wollard, the plaintiff bought cat food at the defendant’s bodega. They disputed whether the plaintiff paid with a ten or twenty dollar bill. The dispute ended with the police being called and the plaintiff spending four months in jail because he couldn’t afford bail. The bodega owner claimed she mistakenly keyed into the cash register that the plaintiff paid with a twenty and that she was sure it was really a ten. Criminal charges were lodged, and dropped. In the subsequent civil suit, the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the store owner, tossing the plaintiff’s charges of malicious prosecution, false arrest, and false imprisonment. The Superior Court set forth the standards for each of those charges and reversed summary judgment on each one. The holding appeared to be based on the sheer insanity of a person spending four months in jail over a dispute over $10. 

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