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outlaw

n. popularly, anyone who commits serious crimes and acts outside the law.

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OUTLAW, Eng. law. One who is put out of the protection or aid of the law. 22 Vin. Ab. 316; 1 Phil. Ev. Index, h.t.; Bac. Ab. Outlawry; 2 Sell. Pr. 277; Doct. Pl. 331; 3 Bl. Com. 283, 4.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Certainly they would not be accepted today, as not only has this purpose been forgotten with time but second reading has been eliminated for the Outlawries Bill in the British Commons and thus there is no occasion to even raise these sorts of issues.
It is unlikely that in the Canadian Commons today, an Outlawries Bill, as a private member's bill, would make it through the lottery to the floor of the House and, even if it did, it would run the risk of being challenged by the Crown since its fines for punishing Crown prosecutors and sheriffs would likely be construed as an imposition of a tax.