What is FORTIA?

Force. In old English law.Force used by an accessary, to enable the principal to commit a crime, as by binding orholding a person while another killed him, or by aiding or counseling in any way, orcommanding the act to be done. Bract fols. 138, 1386. According to Lord Coke, fortiawas a word of art, and properly signified the furnishing of a weapon of force to do thefact, and by force whereof the fact was committed, and he that furnished it was notpresent when the fact was done. 2 Inst. 182.

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