Theft of Services and Rented Property

Theft of Services

Theft of Rented Property

Reporter’s Note

Theft of Rented Property.  The statute, 13 V.S.A. § 2591, is complicated, and the instruction is drafted with seven elements.  CR26-551 and CR26-561 are drafted in the usual format, with a statement of all the elements followed by explanations for all the elements.  Because of the large number of elements, the committee has also drafted alternative instructions, which discuss the elements in order without repeating them in a separate discussion.  Prof. Tiersma has pointed out that this alternative formulation, allowing for shorter instructions, is used in some other states.

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