Saturday, July 05, 2003

Tips for Young Witch Hunters

1. Acquit No-one.

Let care be taken not to put anywhere in the sentence that the accused is innocent or immune, but that it was not legally proved against him; for if after a little time he should again be brought to trial, and it should be legally proved, he can, notwithstanding the previous sentence of absolution, then be condemned.

Malleus Maleficarum, Part III., Third Head, Question XX: Of the First Method of Pronouncing Sentence.

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