Viewing The Laura C. Jensen Slander Suit (1897).
Sophie and Andrew Hendrickson owned a candy store in West St. Paul. Laura C. Jensen, 14 years old, was accused by Sophie of stealing money from a cash drawer at the store while making a delivery of milk. Annie Jensen, Laura's mother, thereupon brought suit on her behalf against the Hendricksons in Ramsey County District Court for slander. The case was tried to a jury, which not surprisingly returned a verdict in favor of the teenager on January 14, 1897.