A declaration under old ENGLISH LAW by which a person found in CONTEMPT on a civil or criminal process was considered an outlaw—that is, someone who is beyond the protection or assistance of the law.
During the Anglo-Saxon period of English

history, a person who committed certain crimes

lost whatever protection he or she had under the

law, forfeited whatever property he or she

owned, and could be killed by anyone. If the

crime committed was TREASON or a felony, a

declaration of outlawry was tantamount to a

conviction and attainder. Outlawry for a misde-

meanor did not, however, amount to a convic-

tion for the offense. The Norman Conquest led

to significant changes in the law governing out-

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