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The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter - March 9, 1912

The Legal Aspect of the Suffragist Riot.

8 March 2016

The latest phase of the militant Suffragist movement has resulted in the infliction of a vast amount of damage upon shopkeepers and insurance companies, who cannot be accused of any active opposition to the claims of their hysterical assailants. To these victims the most interesting question is the frankly material one, whether or not they can get any compensation from the wrongdoers or the public purse. This is not quite so easy a question to decide as it may at first sight appear. Possibly an action for conspiracy against the supposed leader of the movement would secure a verdict for heavy damages against them; but probably the difficulty would arise that the persons sued would be men and women of straw, who would not be worth powder and shot. Since the organization which is credited with responsibility for these acts of violence is not a corporate body, either at common law or under any statute, its funds could not be seized by any process known to the law. Another alternat...

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