Of public wrongs
First, as to the general nature of crimes and their punishment: the discussion and admeasurement of which forms in every country the code of criminal law; or, as it is more usually demoninated with us in England, the doctrine of the pleas of the crown: so called, because the king, in whom centers the majesty of the whole community, is supposed by the law to be the person injured by every infraction of the public rights belonging to that community, and is therefore in all cases the proper prosecutor for every public offence.
KeywordsCapital Punishment Corporal Punishment Severe Punishment Sovereign Power Future Crime
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- 1.Sir Michael Foster, Report of the Commission for trial of Rebels in 1746, etc. (Oxford, 1762), preface.Google Scholar