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Caput Lupinum

English Law: Caput Lupinum in the Past

Having the head of a wolf. An outlawed felon was said to have the head of a wolf and might have been killed by any one legally. Now, such killing would be murder. 1. Hale, Pl. C. 497. There is further information on this topic in this legal reference. The rules of the common law on this subject are rauch more severe in their consequences, than the doctrine of the civil law about civil death. See 1 Toull. Droit Civil, n. 280 and pp. 254-5, note 3. [1]


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  1. Partialy, this information about caput lupinum is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including caput lupinum.

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  • Article Name: Caput Lupinum
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  • Description: English Law: Caput Lupinum in the Past Having the head of a wolf. An outlawed felon was said to have the head of a wolf and [...]

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