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INQUISITION, practice. An examination of certain facts by a jury impanelled by the sheriff for the purpose; the instrument of writing on which their decision is made is also called an inquisition. The sheriff or coroner and the jury who make the inquisition, are called the inquest.
     2. An inquisition on an untimely death, if omitted by the coroner, may be taken by justices of gaol delivery and oyer and terminer. or of the peace, but it must be done publicly and openly, otherwise it will be quashed. Inquisitions either of the coroner, or of the other jurisdictions, are traversable. 1 Burr. 18, 19.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Dear Editor, -In the 17th century the Catholic Inquisition threatened the Italian scientist Galileo with torture for saying things that were later accepted as proven scientific fact.
1231 Catholic Inquisition to stamp out heresy begins
Indeed, in Discipline and Punish, Foucault suggests that the Catholic Inquisition - usually cited as a model of anti-Enlightenment inquiry - actually provided modern science with "its operating model." Both, he wrote, essentially express "an authoritarian search for a truth."

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