Ultimately, the historical narrative that DeLombard uncovers is not merely alternative and aspirational but counterfactual: it is the history of a path to legal personhood and political membership that might have been, had the responsible legal character of the criminous
slave been freed from its criminality to become an active, critical and oppositional agency within the American polity (p.
A gathering of early criminous
materials similar to that of The Newgate Calendar was provided by Celebrated Trials, and Remarkable Cases of Criminal Jurisprudence, from the Earliest Records to the Year 1825, in six volumes, edited by George Borrow.
When Thomas Becket was killed in 1170, it was part of the struggle between the Catholic Church and King Henry II of England regarding "criminous
clerks." The church wanted to keep clerics charged with serious offenses from being turned over to the royal courts for prosecution.
Even Michele Mancino's "Ecclesiastical Justice and the Counter-Reformation: Notes on the Diocesan Criminal Court of Naples," on its face the narrowest and most parochial of the essays here, deals (without acknowledgement) with an issue long familiar to those raised in the Anglo tradition: the struggle between state and church courts over the punishment of criminous
clerics, the one that led to the twelfth-century murder of the Archbishop Thomas a Becket.
This is not, as the publisher's blurb suggests, "the worst domestic scandal of the Reagan administration." That laurel surely belongs to the still-unfolding savings and loan crisis, the criminous
underpinnings of which are only now beginning to become visible.
McHardy, "Church Courts and Criminous
Clerks in the Later Middle Ages," in Medieval Ecclesiastical Studies, pp.
The revelation at the bomb-blasted Old Bailey that someone, surely a resentful member of the metropolitan criminous
fraternity, had found his way to the room in the Sheriff's corridor where the judiciary's supply of a thousand finest Havana cigars was stored--and removed them.
Furthermore, that "the number of complaints [about the pardoners] in the episcopal registers is rather small and all come from two of the seventeen dioceses of England" may well mean that men such as John effectively controlled the problem of criminous
pardoners in most of the kingdom in the fourteenth century.
But his reliance on the late General Telford Taylor's writings to argue that criminous
heads of state must be tried, and that aerial bombardment constitutes a triable offense, is in error.
, corrupt beings who lived only to satisfy their base desires
Concerning itself exclusively with the emergently fashionable category of the lamb-silencing serial killer, this timely volume stands eminently suitable to take its place beside Gaute and Odell's Murderers' Who's Who, Wilson and Pitman's Encyclopaedia of Murder, and Wilson and Seaman's Encyclopaedia of Modern Murder, on the shelf of standard criminous
(43) For a discussion of the effectiveness of the English church when dealing with felons, see McHardy, "Church Courts and Criminous
Clerks in the Later Middle Ages," pp.