war. One who has talken property from an enemy; this term
is also employed to designate one who has taken an enemy.
2. Formerly, goods taken in war were adjudged to belong to the captor; they
are now considered to vest primarily, in the state or sovereign, and belong
to the individual captors only to the extent that the municipal laws provide.
3. Captors are responsible to the owners of the property for all losses
and damages, when the capture is tortious and without reasonable cause in
the exercise of belligerent rights. But if the capture is originally justifiable,
the captors will not be responsible, unless by subsequent misconduct they
become trespassers ab initio. i Rob. R. 93, 96. See 2 Gall. 374; 1 Gall.
274; 1 Pet. Adm. Dee. 116; 1 Mason, R. 14.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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