As a matter of justice between individuals, the case of tort-feasors is not distinguishable from that of cocontractors. Contribution is denied in the former case, however, for reasons of public policy. These reasons, which are substantially the same as have led to the denial of relief to parties to illegal contracts, are stated in another section (ante, Sec. 135). As to persons guilty of conscious and willful torts, they may be sufficient (but see ante, Sec. 135). But they have very little force when applied to persons who are innocent of moral wrong. Even though such persons, as a result of negligence or misapprehension of their rights, have committed a tort, they cannot upon any adequate ground of public policy be denied the right to contribution.1