What is CORRUPTION OF BLOOD?

In English law. This was the consequence of attainder. It meant that the attainted person could neither inherit lands or other hereditaments from his ancestor, nor retain those he already had, nor transmit tliem by descent to any heir, because his blood was considered in law to be corrupted. Avery v. Everett. 110 N. Y. 317, 18 N. E. 148. 1 L. R. A. 204. 0 Am. St. Rep. 30S. This was abolished by St. 3 & 4 Wm. IV. c. 100, and 33 & 34 Vict. c. 23, and is unknown in America. Const. U. S. art. 3.

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