What is ATTAINT?

In old English practice. A writ which lay to inquire whether a jury of twelve men had given a false verdict, in order that the judgment might be reversed. 3 Bl. Comm. 402; Bract, fol. 2S86-292. This inquiry was made by a grand assise or jury of twenty-four persons, and, if they found the verdict a false one, the judgment wai that the jurors should become infamous, should forfeit their goods and the profits of their lands, should themselves be imprisoned, and their wives and children thrust out of doors, should have their houses razed, their trees extirpated, and their meadows plowed up, and that the plaintiff should be restored to all that he lost by reason of the unjust verdict. 3 Bl. Comm. 404; Co. Litt 2946. A person was said to be attaint when he was under attainder, (q. v.) Co. Litt. 3906.

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