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In the English law it was a judgment given by the common law in attaint, or in cases of conspiracy.
Its effects were to make the object of it lose his liberam legem, and become infamous. He forfeited his goods and chattels, and his lands during life; and this barbarous judgment further required that his lands should be wasted, his houses razed, his trees rooted up, and that his body should be cast into-prison. He 'could not be a juror or witness.