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PILLORY, punishment. wooden machine in which the neck of the culprit is inserted.
     2. This punishment has been superseded by the adoption of the penitentiary system in most of the states. Vide 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 797. The punishment of standing in the pillory, so far as the same was provided by the laws of the United States, was abolished by the act of congress of February 27, 1839, s. 5. See Baxr. on the Stat. 48, note.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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During a riot occasioned by the wild elections at the time of the creation of the City of Toronto, the stocks and the whipping post were destroyed by the rioters.
Hopkins's detailed description of this whipping has played a major role in critical readings of Contending Forces, and is therefore worth quoting at length: [Grace] was bound to the whipping post as the victim to the stake, and lashed with rawhides alternately by the two strong, savage men.
PBS and NPR have always been a favorite whipping post of Republican lawmakers, and the new millennium hasn't changed that.
I loved "Bible Bloopers" (July/ August) and can't believe you received a letter taking you to the whipping post for them.
Before we turn on that familiar whipping post called "the media," let us remember the old Roman maxim: "The voice of the people is the voice of God." It seems as though, episode by episode, we the people -- we the gods -- speak and, with the loudest and mightiest voice, demand more pain, more shattered relationships, more mean-spirited voyeurism.
Seeking to make the Sandinista government a whipping post for its anti-communist fervor, the Reagan administration sponsored a guerrilla army that was little more than organized terror against the Nicaraguan people.
A possible contender is John Hall, mentioned by William Pittis, in his serial The Whipping Post, 8.31 (July 31 1705), as a friend of leading Whig journalist John Tutchin.
Peterson del Mar's examination of Oregon's Whipping Post Law (1905), which provided for the flogging of convicted wife beaters, demonstrates that Progressive reformers conceptualized the problem of wife assault in terms of ethnic and working class stereotypes.
The 19th-century Anglican church, for example, built in the historic old Stone Town shortly after the abolition of slavery, boasts an altar that was once a whipping post. Nearby, former slave quarters have been converted into a hostel (frequented more often than not by German hippy backpackers, the first wave of cultural tourists to discover Zanzibar).
Affirmative action remains the whipping post and rallying cry of many white males, even though there exists no statistical proof that blacks have taken jobs or lucrative career opportunities away from white men, or even interrupted their dominance in the workplace.
Congress has used the real estate industry as a "whipping post," Trump said.
Best of the 16 tracks are Allman Brothers favourites Jessica, Whipping Post, Revival and Midnight Rider plus Southern rock renditions of Willie Dixon's Hoochie Coochie Man, Blind Willie McTell's Statesboro' Blues and Robert Johnson's Come On In My Kitchen.