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infangthief

(ˈɪnfaŋˌθiːf)
n
(Law) English law (in Old English law) the right of a lord of the manor to have jurisdiction over a thief caught within the bounds of his property
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Our country's rule of law developed out of a time when society in the British Isles attempted to bring order by application of the law of infangthief, which allowed all the people to act as police, judge, and (usually) executioner.
The stories told by the author make it clear that the road from infangthief to O.J.