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Benefit of clergy   /bˈɛnəfɪt əv klˈərdʒi/   Listen
Benefit of clergy

Sanction by a religious rite.

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"Benefit of clergy" Quotes from Famous Books

... the cause ought to be tried in the secular or episcopal courts; and that in the latter case a civil officer should be present to report the proceedings, and the defendant, if he were convicted in a criminal action, should lose his benefit of clergy. This, however it might be called for by the exigencies of the times, ought not to have been termed an ancient custom. It was most certainly an innovation. It overturned the law as it had invariably stood from the days ...
— The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume VI. • Various

... I, chapter iii, Sec 3; New York, 1906.] In state after state it has been found just to treat differently the patrician, the plebeian, the slave, the man, the woman, the priest. In the very state to which Butler belonged, benefit of clergy could be claimed, up to relatively recent times, by those who could read. The educated criminal escaped hanging for offences for which his illiterate neighbor had to ...
— A Handbook of Ethical Theory • George Stuart Fullerton

... handle at each end, which little Abe had to help him use. It was a sorrowful task for the young lad, for Abe must have known that he would soon be helping his father make his mother's coffin. They buried the Sparrows under the trees "without benefit of clergy," for ministers came seldom to that ...
— The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln • Wayne Whipple

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