Posted by E on November 19, 1997 at 15:25:52:
In Reply to: Re: continental European law posted by bill rooks on November 19, 1997 at 13:42:28:
Justice? If that's justice then the sooner French guns blow the English army out of America, the better it will be for these people!
I know exactly what I am saying and if it is sedition, then I am guilty of sedition, too!
Oh, what the heck! Before we get too far afield here; Bill's earlier comments regarding Munro's swift judgment was helpful in interpreting Col. Munro's statement. We were, I think, discussing 18th century standards, mindsets, and law; not 20th century
law. Common law evolved over centuries, a slow process. It began (as we eventually knew it) in 1215 and made great leaps forward under King Edward I. (And, no, I'm not even addressing Roman and Greek law... just the slow development of common law.)
It didn't really reach its apogee until the ratification of the US Constitution in 1789. Even today, it gets a fine tuning now and then.
The point is that whatever advancements in democratic principles by the majority of nations today, in 18th century America
crime and punishment was often a terrible and swift affair.
Leaps and bounds aside, we've come a long way since Munro sought to hang Hawkeye.
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