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CASTING VOTE, legislation. The vote given by the president or speaker of a
deliberate assembly; when the votes of the other members are equal on both
sides, the casting vote then decides the question. Dane's Ab. h.t.
CASTRATION, crim. law. The act of gelding. When this act is maliciously
performed upon a man, it is a mayhem, and punishable as such, although the
sufferer consented to it.
2. By the ancient law of England this crime was punished by retaliation, membrum pro membro. 3 Inst. 118. It is punished in the United States generally by fine and imprisonment. The civil law punished it with death. Dig. 48, 8, 4, 2. For the French law, vide Code Penal, art. 316. 3. The consequences of castration, when complete, are impotence and sterility. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 72.