Lambert v. California

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Lambert v. California
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Lambert v. California, 355 U.S. 225 (1957), was a United States Supreme Court case regarding the acceptability of ignorance of the law as an excuse for a crime. The court held that in order to be punished, there must be a probability that the accused party had knowledge of the law before committing the crime. Excerpted from Lambert v. California on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

355 U.S. 225

Lambert  v.  California

 Argued: Oct. 16, 17, 1957. --- Decided: Dec 16, 1957

See 355 U.S. 937, 78 S.Ct. 410.

Mr. Samuel C. McMorris, Los Angeles, Cal., for the appellant.

Mr. Warren M. Christopher, Los Angeles, Cal., as amicus curiae.

Messrs. Philip E. Grey, Los Angeles, Cal., and Clarence, A. Linn, San Francisco, for the appellee.

Mr. Justice DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.


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