Cannibalism and Common Law: A Victorian Yachting Tragedy
Bloomsbury Academic, 1994 - 353 páginas
Cannibalism and the Common Law is an enthralling classic of legal history. It tells the tragic story of the yacht Mignonette, which foundered on its way from England to Australia in 1884. The killing and eating of one of the crew, Richard Parker, led to the leading case in the defence of necessity, R. v. Dudley and Stephens. It resulted in their being convicted and sentenced to death, a sentence subsequently commuted. In this tour de force Brian Simpson sets the legal proceedings in their broadest historical context, providing a detailed account of the events and characters involved and of life at sea in the time of sail. Cannibalism and the Common Law is a demonstration that legal history can be written in human terms and can be compulsive reading. This brilliant and fascinating book, a marvelous example of eareful historical detection, and first-class legal history, written by a master.
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He had seen all three men earlier and had spoken to Brooks , who gave him their
names . Probably he had already heard gossip about the killing of young Richard
Parker and , like a conscientious officer , was keeping his eyes and ears open ...
One of her sisters in the longboat was crying out for her . He gave his coat to a
passenger and was the last man to leave the sinking ship . Mrs . Anderson , left
on board , offered Holmes as much as he could earn in a year to take her off , but
The public prosecutor , under paragraph 91 of the Law of Criminal Procedure ,
gave a reasoned explanation of his decision to release the men . To the best of
my knowledge , no sentences have ever been carried out against people who ...
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A look at all the different ways the legal system can interpret cannibalism for survival. Simpson profiles cases of frontier cannibalism, touching briefly on the Donner Party, then more extensively on ... Ler resenha completa
Sergeant Laverty Makes an Arrest
The Mignonette Goes Foreign
The Horrid Deed
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