When the husband prosecutes his wife's gallant, if he can produce any proofs of a criminal conversation
, he recovers for damages forty cows, forty horses, and forty suits of clothes, and the same number of other things.
Rodriguez sued Lemus for alienation of affection and criminal conversation
(essentially claims for home-wrecking and adultery, respectively) under North Carolinas heart balm torts.
However, even these costs can pale in comparison to the tort liability facing the adulterous spouse's paramour in states where the torts of alienation of affection and criminal conversation
In 1837, the year before Victoria ascended the throne of England, another famous English woman was tried for the crime of criminal conversation
(adultery) with then Prime Minister Melbourne.
There were three main forums in which the adultery case could be tried in English law: the ecclesiastical courts, principally the Consistory Court and the Court of Arches at Doctors' Commons, which entailed the presentation by legal representatives of the parties of previously recorded depositions of witnesses before a judge who could record a sentence of separation from bed and board without the right of remarriage; the civil courts, in the form of a case for criminal conversation
by which a husband could sue an adulterer for the loss of consortium in his wife; and finally, Parliament, where a husband could obtain a divorce by a private act which allowed for remarriage.
They can also be signs of madness--a useful and understudied tool in the symbolic criminal conversation
Gallantry and Criminal Conversation
(2002) is a sublime example of the European Grand Tour run amuck, in which several couples and a trio indulge in X-rated frivolity.
Jackie Bratton suggests that Edmund Kean's trial for criminal conversation
and subsequent theatrical appearances were a flashpoint in a larger cultural battle for control of the British stage, as it moved from an old model of box, pit and gallery, with prostitutes tolerated in the foyer, to a new model of proto-Victorian middle-class morality, where signs of sexuality were no longer welcome.
Unfurled: flare weed compatriot, that criminal conversation
Publicity around criminal conversation
trials--that polite euphemism for husbands who sued their wives' lovers for damages--"raised important questions about whether adultery was a 'private tragedy' or matter for public regulation" (p.
The judgments in criminal conversation
suits followed this code too.
GARDAI can listen to any criminal conversation
on the Esat Digifone mobile phone network, according to a senior detective.