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Judicial procedure, with its rigid and traditional formalism, with its delays, with its methods of proof as primitive as the duel, with its abuse of the absolutory oath, with its "ordeals" which left to chance the outcome of a trial, was for merchants a perpetual nuisance.
Thus, Article 332 provides for an absolutory cause in the crimes of theft, estafa (or swindling) and malicious mischief.