Caput lupinum

CAPUT LUPINUM, Eng. law. Having the head of a wolf. An outlawed felon was said to have the head of a wolf, and might have been killed by any one legally. Now, such killing would be murder. 1. Hale, Pl. C. 497. The rules of the common law on this subject are much more severe in their consequences, than the doctrine of the civil law relating to civil death. See 1 Toull. Droit Civil, n. 280, and pp. 254-5, note 3.

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He was thus cast, according to its medieval incantation, as caput lupinum (4) or figuratively bearing the head of the wolf.
9) The decree of caput lupinum and outlawry was not, however, an expression of a strong legal system.
Although the extreme notion of caput lupinum has largely lost its legal standing as a general principle, especially in the United States, an artifact remains.