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DE BONO ET MALO Definition & Legal Meaning

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“For good and ill.” The Latin form of the law French phrase “Dc hicn ct de mat.” In ancient criminal pleading, this was the expression with which the prisoner put himself upon a jury, indicating his absolute submission to their verdict. This was also the name of the special writ of jail delivery formerly in use in England, which issued for each p.articular prisoner, of course. It was superseded by the general commission of jail delivery.


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