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Concept of Approver

Traditional meaning of approver [1] in the English common law history: A person indicted of a capital crime who confessed the crime before pleading and accused [appealed] another of the same crime; see 26 IU.173; 4th Book (“Of Public Wrongs”), Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England 330. This latter was called the appellee; and if he was found guilty, the approver was acquitted ex debito justitiae; otherwise the accuser was hanged upon his own confession. The accusation was called an appeal, and was triable by battel, (see this last concept in this legal reference) like the ordinary appeal. This method of approvement is now superseded by queen’s or state’s evidence (see this last concept in this legal reference),


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  1. Based on A concise law dictionary of words, phrases and maxims, “Approver”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. This term and/or definition may be absolete. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary, based on a glossary of terms, included Approver.

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  • Article Name: Approver
  • Author: Esme Anderson
  • Description: Concept of Approver Traditional meaning of approver [1] in the English common law history: A person indicted of a capital [...]

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