Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Protecting people who do the right thing


Technically, a person who finds an item and returns it to the owner should be required to swear that he did not harm the item, and that he is returning everything he found. However, to ensure that people will guard and return lost property, the court does not recognize the right of an owner to demand that oath.

This is much like the American "Good Samaritan" law which absolves a rescuer from liability for any damage which takes place during administration of CPR.

(Code of Jewish Law Choshen Mishpat 267:27)

Have a great day,

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