Hart v. Virginia, 298 U.S. 34 (1936)
U.S. Supreme CourtHart v. Virginia, 298 U.S. 34 (1936)
Hart v. Virginia
Jurisdictional statement distributed March 28, 1936
Decided April 13, 1936
298 U.S. 34
A convict in a Virginia penitentiary who kills an officer or guard having him in custody is not chargeable under §§ 5049 and 5051 of the Virginia Code of 1930, as construed by the Virginia courts, if the killing was done in self-defense.
Appeal from a judgment sustaining a verdict and sentence for felonious homicide.