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This torts exam, given by law school dean and professor William T. Muse on May 19, 1971, begins with the question:

A state statute makes deer-hunting a crime except during an open season from September 15 to October 15. A and B went, deer-hunting on November 1, driving in A's car to a remote wooded area belonging to O who had given them permission. A shot and wounded a deer. While A and B were trailing the wounded deer, A thought he heard another person moving through the woods. For fear it was the game warden, A suggested that they give up the venture. A brief but violent argument ensued. A started back toward his car saying he was headed home and that B had better come along if he wanted a ride. B called out, "I'll shoot you dead before I'll let you leave me out here." A started running and B shot over his head. The entire load of deer shot hit a tree limb at some distance beyond A and ricocheted in several directions. Some of the shot hit and damaged the vinyl top on A's car and still other shot struck I, who was in the woods for a timber inspection. What tort liabilities? Why? Why not?

Exam Date


T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond: Torts Exam, 19 May 1971