Comment: Ignorance of the law is NO excuse

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Ignorance of the law is NO excuse

Such a settled fact was argued by a man who sued a government for a reward offered for information leading to the arrest (and maybe conviction) of someone on the government's most wanted list. When the plaintiff, not knowing about the reward, provided the accurate information and the suspect was apprehended and convicted, the government refused to pay the money. The government lawyer offered the defense that the plaintiff was not aware that such an award had been enacted into local statute, so the plaintiff could not expect to be rewarded.

The plaintiff's attorney successfully argued that his client's ignorance of the law was not a legal excuse to deny him the reward. The court held for the plaintiff.