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VILLENOUS JUDGMENT Definition & Legal Meaning

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A judgment which deprived one of his libera lex, whereby he was discredited and disabled as a juror or witness; forfeited his goods and chattels and lands for life; wasted the lands, razed the houses, rooted up the trees, and committed his body to prison. It has become obsolete. 4 Bl. Comm. 136; 4 Steph. Comm. 230 ; 4 Broom & H. Comm. 153. Wharton. Vim vi repcllcre licet, modo fiat mode- ramine inculpatse tutelse, non ad sumen- dam vindictam, sed ad propulsandam in- juriam. It is lawful to repel force by force, provided it be done with the moderation of blameless defense, not for the purpose of taking revenge, but to ward off injury. Co. Litt. 162a.

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