District of Columbia v. Armes - 107 U.S. 519 (1883)


U.S. Supreme Court

District of Columbia v. Armes, 107 U.S. 519 (1883)

District of Columbia v. Armes

Decided May 7, 1883

107 U.S. 519

Syllabus

1. In a suit against a municipal corporation to recover damages for injuries received from a fall caused by a defective sidewalk which was in an unguarded condition, it is competent for the plaintiff to show that whilst

it was in that condition, other like accidents had occurred at the same place.

2. A person affected with insanity is admissible as a witness, if it appears to the court, upon examining him and competent witnesses, that he has sufficient understanding to apprehend the obligation of an oath and to be capable of giving a correct account of the matters which he has seen or heard in reference to the questions at issue.



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