The Law of Crimes

Little, Brown,, 1881 - 239 pages

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Page 214 - Hawkins, and which appears to have been very generally adopted without much alteration by subsequent writers, is 'a tumultuous disturbance of the peace by three persons or more, assembling together of their own authority, with an intent mutually to assist one another against any who shall oppose them in the execution of some enterprise of a private nature, and afterwards executing the same in a violent and turbulent manner, to the terror of the people, whether the act intended were of itself lawful...
Page 181 - They say it is in a strict sense taken for a malicious defamation, expressed either in writing or printing, and tending either to blacken the memory of one who is dead or the reputation of one who is alive, and to expose him to public hatred, contempt or ridicule.
Page 193 - For mayhem is properly defined to be, as we may remember, the violently depriving another of the use of such of his members as may render him the less able in fighting, either to defend himself, or to annoy his adversary b.
Page 100 - The general rule of tke common law is, that it is a criminal and indictable offence, for two or more to confederate and combine together, by concerted means, to do that which is unlawful or criminal, to the injury of the public, or portions or classes of the community, or even to the rights of an individual.
Page 81 - Bribery is generally defined to be the receiving or offering of any undue reward by or to any person whose ordinary profession or business relates to the administration of public justice, in order to influence his behavior in office and incline him to act contrary to the known rules of honesty and integrity.
Page 227 - ... measures or counsels, or in order to put any force or constraint upon, or to intimidate or overawe both houses, or either house of parliament...
Page 157 - ... was doing a lawful act without any intention of hurt. So a parent may moderately correct a child, and if in so doing death happens against his intention, it is mere misadventure.
Page 206 - THE offence of piracy, by common law, consists in committing those acts of robbery and depredation upon the high seas, which, if committed upon land, would have amounted to felony there ". But, by statute, some other offences are made piracy also: as by statute 11 & 12 W.
Page 227 - Treason against the State consists only in levying war against it, adhering to its enemies, or giving them aid and comfort. A person may not be convicted of treason except on the evidence of two witnesses to the same overt act or by confession in open court.
Page 100 - All those laws of the parent country, whether rules of the common law, or early English statutes, which were made for the purpose of regulating the wages of laborers, the settlement of paupers, and making it penal for...

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