Definition of SPOLIATION,


SPOLIATION,

torts. Destruction of a thing by the act of a
stranger; as, the erasure or alteration of a writing by the act of a stranger,
is called spoliation. This has not the effect to destroy its character or legal
effect. 1 Greenl. Ev. §566. 2. By spoliation is also understood the total
destruction of a thing; as, the spoliation of papers, by the captured party, is
generally regarded as proof of. guilt, but in America it is open to
explanation, except in certain cases where there is a vehement presumption of
bad faith. 2 Wheat. 227, 241; 1 Dods. Adm. 480, 486. See Alteration.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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