Common informer

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(Law) one who habitually gives information of the violation of penal statutes, with a view to a prosecution therefor.
- Bouvier.

See also: Informer

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(1957-58) "The Common Informer." Economic History Review 10: 221-37.
Beresford, "The Common Informer, the Penal Statutes and Economic Regulation," Economic History Review 10, no.
The practice of the common informer, reports the Britannica, was "not without its dangers.
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