(SOLVED)Deanna, a single mother of ten-year old Vickie, worked as a cashier at the local grocery store

Discipline: Law

Type of Paper: Question-Answer

Academic Level: Undergrad. (yrs 3-4)

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Pages: 3 Words: 900


Lesson # 6 Legal Writing

Deanna, a single mother of ten-year old Vickie, worked as a cashier at the local grocery store. Deanna had recently broken off her relationship with Randy, a drug addict who had been violent toward her on several occasions. One morning Randy was in the parking lot outside the grocery store and telephoned Deanna at work. Randy told Deanna that a friend of his was outside Vickie’s school. Randy said that if Deanna did not immediately bring $1,000 to Randy in the parking lot, he would call and direct his friend to harm Vickie.

Over the next several minutes, Deanna put in her pants pocket $400 from her cash register at the grocery store. She then went to the manager’s office, where she had heard there was a safe containing a large amount of cash. No one else was in the manager’s office.

Alma, an assistant manager who works at the cash register next to Deanna’s, saw how upset Deanna was after the phone call. Alma followed Deanna to the manager’s office, where she found Deanna looking through desk drawers.

Deanna told Alma that she was looking for the keys to the safe because she “needed some papers” from it. Alma smiled, told Deanna where the keys were, and then said, “You don’t have to lie to me, Deanna. I’ll be outside keeping watch for you.” Deanna replied, “Thank you so much, Alma, I am in a desperate situation right now and will return the money to the safe as soon as I can.”

As Alma stood in the hallway outside the manager’s office, Deanna opened the safe, removed $600, relocked the safe, and returned the key to its location. Deanna then brought $1,000 to Randy in the grocery store parking lot.

What crimes, if any, can Deanna and Alma reasonably be charged with, and what defenses might each assert? Discuss.

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What crimes can Deanna and Alma be charged with and what defenses might they assert?

State v. Deanna

Common Law Burglary

Common Law Burglary is defined as the breaking and entering [of a] dwelling house of another at night with the intent to commit a felony.
Here, the local store is not a dwelling house, and the theft does not occur at night, and there is not breaking and entering. Thus, there is no Common Law

Modern Statutory Burglary

Modernly, breaking has evolved into unauthorized entry. Nighttime has been eliminated. Dwelling house has changed to any protected structure. Here, we have an unauthorized entry into a protected structure, the safe, during the day
without consent or privilege.

Inner Door Doctrine 

If a room or inner structure is part of the protected structure, here, the Grocery Store, if the D breaks into the Safe, it will be construed as an inner breaking for burglary purposes. Here, Deanna broke into the safe, and took $600 which was the property of another, the Store. Thus, unauthorized entry and breaking into the safe, without consent, with the intent to commit a crime, the larceny, taking of the $600.

Deanna will argue that she had consent of Alma, who was her supervisor. Store will assert that Alma had no such right and that the entry was without consent, voiding the use of the key. The defense fails, and she commits a larceny.


Under the Common Law (CL) is a trespassory taking of and carrying away of the tangible personal property of another with the specific intent to permanently deprive the owner. Here, Deanna, takes the property with the “intent to return the money” according to the facts. If the Court believes this, she would have a defense to the larceny and the underlying modern burglary. However, she handles the money in such a way, “giving the money to Randy,” who intends to abscond with it. Since she lacks the substantial capacity to return the money, then the Court must find the “intent to permanently deprive or steal”. Further, Deanna is a low level…..