What is DE VENTRE INSPICIENDO?

A writ to inspect the body, where a woman feigns to be
pregnant, to see whether she is with child. It lies for the heir presumptive to examine a
widow suspected to be feigning pregnancy in order to enable a supposititious heir to
obtain the estate. 1 Bl. Comm. 456; 2 Steph. Comm. 2S7.
It lay also where a woman sentenced to death pleaded pregnancy. 4 Bl. Comm. 495.
This writ has been recognized in America. 2 Chand. Crim. Tr. 381.

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