Definition of EFFIGY


EFFIGY

crim. law. The figure or representation of a person.

2. To make the effigy of a person with an intent to make him the object
of ridicule, is a libel. (q. v.) Hawk. b. 1, c. 7 3, s. 2 14 East, 227, 2
Chit. Cr. Law, 866.

3. In France an execution by effigy or in effigy is adopted in the case
of a criminal who has fled from justice. By the public exposure or
exhibition of a picture or representation of him on a scaffold, on which
his name and the decree condemning him are written, he is deemed to undergo
the punishment to which he has been sentenced. Since the adoption of the
Code Civil, the practice has been to affix the names, qualities or
addition, and the residence of the condemned person, together with an
extract from the sentence of condemnation, to a post set upright in the
ground, instead of exhibiting a portrait of him on the scaffold. Repertoire
de Villargues, Biret, Vo cab.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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