Vogel v. Gruaz
110 U.S. 311 (1884)

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Vogel v. Gruaz, 110 U.S. 311 (1884)

Vogel v. Gruaz

Argued January 17-18, 1884

Decided February 4, 1884

110 U.S. 311

Syllabus

A communication made to a state's attorney, in Illinois, his duty being to "commence and prosecute" all criminal prosecutions, by a person who inquires of the attorney whether the facts communicated make out a case of larceny for a criminal prosecution is an absolutely privileged communication, and cannot, in a suit against such person to recover damages for speaking words charging larceny, be testified to by the state's attorney, even though there be evidence of the speaking of the same words to other persons than such attorney.

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