Pennsylvania Superior Court Reports Volume 31

Pennsylvania Superior Court Reports Volume 31

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... were consistent with the innocence of the defendants, or could only be rationally accounted for on the theory that the charges of corrupt collusion or criminal neglect of duty were well founded. We think also the testimony of the witness Thomas Leet (thirteenth assignment) should have been excluded. His estimate of what would be the average cost of a bridge he would build, according to his own plans, on one of the sites in question, was entirely irrelevant, and he completely disqualified himself from giving any opinion as an expert on the real question under consideration. We can see no sound reason for the rejection of the offer of the written bid of the Owego Bridge Company for one of the bridges in controversy. The fundamental question at issue was the honesty and good faith of the defendants in letting these contracts. The bids, if any, made by competing companies would seem to be of considerable importance in such an inquiry. If there were any suspicious circumstances connected with this or other rejected bids, these too should be placed before the jury, who, with the aid of the court, would be able to give all such circumstances their proper weight.-But as the record stands we think the defendants were fairly entitled to Opinion of the Court. 31 Pa. Superior Ct. the benefit of this piece of evidence and, therefore, that it should have been admitted. Without further elaborating this opinion we think we have sufficiently indicated our reasons for the judgment we are about to enter. The eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth and fifteenth assignments of error are sustained and all the remaining ones are dismissed. Judgment reversed and a venire facias de novo is awarded. Tm0nships--Super1nIsors--C0ntract--Road machine. The purchase of a road...
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  • United States
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