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Jedwood Justice

Putting an obnoxious person to death first, and trying him afterwards. This sort of justice was dealt to moss-troopers. Same as Jedburgh justice, Jeddart justice. We have also “Cupar justice” and “Abingdon law.” Of the last we are told that Major-General Brown, in the Commonwealth, hanged a man first and tried him afterwards.

“Jedwood justice—hang in haste and try at leisure.” —Scott: Fair Maid of Perth, chap. xxxii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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