lynch law


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lynch law

n.
The practice of lynching: "the injustices suffered by black citizens—disfranchisement, lynch law and mob rule" (Scot French).

[Probably after Charles Lynch (1736-1796), American militiaman and justice of the peace who held summary extralegal trials and whippings of supposed Tory sympathizers in Virginia during the American Revolution.]

lynch law

n
(Law) the practice of condemning and punishing a person by mob action without a proper trial

lynch′ law`


n.
the administration of summary punishment, esp. death, upon a presumed offender by a mob.
[1805–15, after the self-instituted tribunals presided over by William Lynch (1742–1820) of Pittsylvania, Va., c1776]
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Noun1.lynch law - the practice of punishing people by hanging without due process of law
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
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Had he exerted a little of the Lynch law of the wilderness, and hanged those dexterous horsemen in their own lasos, it would but have been a well-merited and salutary act of retributive justice.
I succeeded in getting away without an additional blow, and barely so; for to strike a white man is death by Lynch law,--and that was the law in Mr.
Part Three explains how lynch law resulted in a system of state-sanctioned justice.
Davis was just warming up: "Any state in which Negroes are burned at the stake, every state where lynch law and mob rule prevails, and every city where officers club Negroes openly into insensibility, are under Democratic rule.
Finally, he demonstrates the viability of his revisionist interpretation of lynching in an extended and nuanced treatment of the problem in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Georgia, the state with the highest incidence of lynch law.
He wrote of a tormentor: "One venerable old lady, whom I had known all my life, wrote me that although she had never believed in lynch law, she would do nothing to prevent a mob from dragging my 'big overgroan karkus' across the public square.
He wrote of one tormenter: "One venerable old lady, whom I had known all my life, wrote me that although she had never believed in lynch law, she would do nothing to prevent a mob from dragging my 'big overgroan karkus' across the public square.
PARLIAMENTARY privilege was never devised to negate the established due process of the law or allow the leader of the opposition to incite hatred or backbenchers to act like vigilantes promoting lynch law as they did in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon (July 6).
I think everybody there [in the protest in Garliava] if asked if he would wish for a lynch law on him, would answer 'no,'" Valys said.
The last thing that can be allowed to happen is for lynch law to be applied.
The important work of Wells's anti-lynching campaign is well-illustrated by her pamphlets published before and after her trips to the United Kingdom (respectively, Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases [1892]; A Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings in the United States, 1892-1893-1894 [1895]).
Further, he asks how much longer Mexicans can be expected to tolerate lynch law before retaliating: "If every individual American has the authority, just by wishing it, to sentence to death and assassinate in secret our countrymen, we would have equal right to use similar measure and then who would be responsible for such ill-fated consequences?