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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On his return to Limerick on about July 28 , Captain Gorman was reminded of the
earlier voyage by Catherine O ' Brien , and on July 30 he took proceedings
against her in the Limerick magistrates court . According to the only extended ...
The papers were sent on to the Home Office as a formality , since that was the
department concerned with crime and criminal law . At this time , the Board of
Trade did not know that proceedings were in fact to be taken in Singapore . A
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He was also worried about the location of the proceedings — what he called "
venue . ” Surely the Cornwall assizes should take place in Cornwall , not London
. But he agreed to adjourn the “ Cornwall ” assizes once again to London on ...
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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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