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A declaration under old English Law by which a person found in Contempt on a civil or criminal process was considered an outlaw—that is, someone who is beyond the protection or assistance of the law.

During the Anglo-Saxon period of English history, a person who committed certain crimes lost whatever protection he or she had under the law, forfeited whatever property he or she owned, and could be killed by anyone. If the crime committed was Treason or a felony, a declaration of outlawry was tantamount to a conviction and attainder. Outlawry for a misdemeanor did not, however, amount to a conviction for the offense. The Norman Conquest led to significant changes in the law governing outlawry, eventually leading to its abolition.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

OUTLAWRY, Eng. law. The act of being put out of the protection of the law by process regularly sued out against a person who is in contempt in refusing to become amenable to the court having jurisdiction. The proceedings themselves are also called the outlawry.
     2. Outlawry may take place in criminal or in civil cases. 3 Bl. Com. 283; Co. Litt. 128; 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4196.
     3. In the United States, outlawry in civil cases is unknown, and if there are any cases of outlawry in criminal cases they are very rare. Dane's Ab. eh. 193, a, 34. Vide Bac. Ab. Abatement, B; Id. h.t.; Gilb. Hist. C. P. 196, 197; 2 Virg. Cas. 244; 2 Dall. 92.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Like Sir Richard in the Gest, Robin is disinherited by corrupt clergy: "those false guests, conspiring with the Prior, / To whome Earle Robert greatly is in debt, / Meane at the banquet to betray the Earle, / Unto a heavie writ of outlawry" (Downfall 104-7).
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This chapter also articulates the gradual shift in the severity of penalties exacted for convictions of witchcraft; initially, punishment only involves minor forms of outlawry in cases of private practice, but after the thirteenth century, all pagan practices are outlawed and the sentence is death.
The ancient common law doctrine of attainder led to automatic extinction of various civil rights and capacities, such as the rights to inherit and to hold or deal with property, where the accused was sentenced to death or outlawry having been convicted of treason or a felony.
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