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Glossary

  • D.R.:
    Death Recorded. Where capital punishment was the legal penalty for a crime but this was not murder, it became the practice, after 1836, for the judge to record the sentence by writing "death recorded". He would ensure, by a recommendation of mercy, that the sentence was commuted to transportation or imprisonment.
  • Death Respited:
    A capital sentence passed for a crime such as murder but not carried out; the death penalty postponed or suspended but not cancelled.
  • Defendant:
    A person against whom an action or claim is brought in a court of law.