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.