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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His speech also contains a hint that the matter would be decided eventually not
by a single judge but by “ the judges of the land . ” One of the local papers , Lake '
s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser , throws further light on Danckwerts ...
Given the obscurity over the boundary between law and fact and the respective
roles of judge and jury , it was safer to allow the jury no chance of expressing an
opinion on the matter . The final words of the special verdict indeed left the whole
But whether upon the whole matter by the jurors found the killing of Richard
Parker by Dudley and Stephens be felony and murder the jurors are ignorant ,
and pray the advice of the Court thereupon , and if upon the whole matter the
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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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