LYNCH-LAW. A common phrase used to express the vengeance of a mob, inflicting an injury, and committing an outrage upon a person suspected of some offence. In England this is called Lidford Law. Toml.L. Dict. art.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'Lynch-law' prevails only where there is greater hardihood and self-subsistency in the leaders.
Civilized law and order is vastly preferable to lynch-law honor killings, but when there is no one else to rely on, a man has to rely on himself.
(22) James Elbert Cutler, Lynch-Law: An Investigation Into the History of Lynching in the United States (New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969, reprint of 1905 edition), p.
By 'their immediate internationalization of lynching', King convincingly argues, Wells's British visits assaulted the barriers which lynch-mob rule had erected around the American South; and her particular genius lay in turning English Victorian sensibilities about 'womanhood' and 'racial uplift' into a weapon against the brutality of lynch-law. Despite the occasional conflation of 'England' with 'Britain', this is an important essay.
ONE angry voice from the people who suffered most under Saddam Hussein spoke out yesterday to demand lynch-law revenge on the tyrant.