Donnelly v Rees Case Brief Christy Jennings PA205-04 Kaplan University February 15, 2011
Case: Donnelly v. Rees 141 Cal. 56 (Cal. 1903) See comments to other case re: proper citation format. Facts: Appeal from the Superior Court of San Bernardino County, and from an order denying a new trial. Parties in this case are plaintiff, Winifred Kean Donnelly, the daughter and sole heir of Patrick Kean. Mr. Kean was owner of a tract of land that was worth approximately $10,000.00. The defendants are D.W. Rees and Thomas O. Brien. Mr. Kean was a known drinker and had been for some time, and his mind had been impaired by the effects of long-term drinking. Good facts! Kean was indebted to a Monaghan in the sum of $100. Mr. Kean wanted to transfer the land in order to prevent a lien being placed upon the property. Rees convinced Kean to make the deed to him and that when Kean was “out of the woods” Rees would transfer the property back into Kean’s name. O’Brien was present also and acted as a witness. O’Brien asked to be included on the deed.
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