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PostSubject: Sanctimonian Common Law   Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:13 am

Sanctimonian Common Law
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Overview
Established at the founding of the Sanctimonian Crown almost a hundred years ago, the laws of the nation of Sanctimonia are largely based on the laws of previous and concurrent civilizations. If reasonable doubt is found, the accused can claim the right to a trial. All laws hold to the legal principle of 'ignorantia legis neminem excusat'; ignorance of the law excuses no one. Even if a criminal is unaware of the laws and punishment of the land, they are still held accountable. It should be noted that the leniency towards the Dark Arts experienced shortly after the Prophet's death was sharply reversed in the wake of the devastation wrought by Shar and the Forgotten Army. Assume that all cases that end in execution of the accused also involve seizure of the deceased's assets. In cases of multiple violations, the greater crime takes precedence. Example : a criminal is accused of assassinating a government official; the charge of treason takes precedence over assassination, so the criminal is beheaded.


Felonies

  1. Murder
    The accused is to be hung until death.

  2. Manslaughter
    The accused is to pay a fine of ten thousand shillings to the victim's family OR in the case of insufficient funds, indentured servitude until the sum is paid. The punishment may be waived by the victim's family.

  3. Rape
    The accused is to be castrated.

  4. Common Banditry (Theft and Murder beyond the city limits, including piracy.)
    The accused is to be hung until death.

  5. Grand Theft (Theft by force, coercion, or breaking and entering.)
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to two thousand shillings as claimed by the offended AND/OR a public flogging.

  6. Manufacture and Sale of Illicit Substances
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to four thousand shillings AND is to have all related private property seized by the Watch.

  7. Treason (Including assassination of a public official, aiding and abetting the nation's enemies, armed revolution.)
    The accused is to be beheaded.

  8. Arson
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to six thousand shillings AND to receive a public flogging.

  9. Assassination
    Both the assassin and the contractor are to be hung until dead.

  10. Assault with intent to Maim / Kill
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to seven thousand shillings as claimed by the victim AND be restricted from contact with the victim for a time chosen by the victim.

  11. Participation in the Slave Trade
    The accused is to have his assets seized AND be hung until dead OR be jailed for thirty years.

  12. Kidnapping
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to eight thousand shillings AND an imprisonment lasting a duration to be decided by a court.

Misdemeanors


  1. Petty Theft (The theft of items without the use of force or breaking and entering.)
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to five hundred shillings as claimed by the victim OR receive a flogging. The charges may be waived by the victim.

  2. Disorderly Conduct (Public nudity, drunkenness, brawling, disturbing the peace.)
    The accused is to pay a fine of fifty shillings AND spend a night in jail.

  3. Trespassing on Private Property
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to two hundred shillings as claimed by the victim. The charges may be waived by the victim.

  4. Trespassing on Government Property
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to five hundred shillings.

  5. Vandalism of Private Property
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to seven hundred shillings as claimed by the victim. The charges may be waived by the victim.

  6. Vandalism of Government Property
    The accused is to pay a fine of up to one thousand two hundred shillings.

  7. Blackmail and Extortion
    The accused is to suffer a seizure of all illegitimate funds AND pay a fine according to the damage done to the victim.

  8. Fraud
    The accused is to suffer Imprisonment AND a fine according to the circumstances of the Fraud.

  9. Embezzlement of Private Funds
    The accused is to relinquish all illegitimate funds AND pay a fine according to the will of the victim AND face possibility of termination of employment.

  10. Bribery of Government Officials
    The official is to be tried on terms of treason AND forced from public office. The accused is to have his assets seized AND pay a fine of up to five thousand shillings AND suffer imprisonment.

  11. Prostitution
    IF part of a larger organization, the ring-leader is to be fined a sum of up to five thousand shillings AND flogged AND has his assets seized. The prostitutes are to be jailed AND / OR publicly humiliated.

  12. Brandishing a Deadly Weapon in Public ( Including brandishing and discharging a fire arm, lighting or holding a burning matchlock, using Offensive Magic)
    The accused is to be fined a sum of one hundred fifty shillings. Repeat offenses will result in the weapon being confiscated.



The Dark Arts and Dark Creatures

  1. Vampires and Werewolves
    The creatures are to be beheaded with a silver-edged axe. The bodies are to be disposed via burning.

  2. Necromancers, Witches, Demon-Summoners, Violent Heretics, and general practitioners of the Dark Arts (Violent Heretics being those who sacrifice human beings)
    The accused are to be flogged until repentant OR IF this fails, burned at the stake.

  3. Possession of Dark Arts Paraphernalia
    The accused is to be fined a sum of up to five thousand shillings AND have these illegal items confiscated AND publicly flogged.






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PostSubject: Re: Sanctimonian Common Law   Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:12 am

feel free to argue against the punishments for these laws as I'm not entirely sure about them either.

Note that most of these involve little in the way of imprisonment and more short and brutal punishments because

1. That's the way it was back in the day

2. Long jail times make bad rp (though so does execution, but)

note I got really tired near the end and am currently exhausted so yeah

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PostSubject: Re: Sanctimonian Common Law   Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:17 am

Pat wrote:
feel free to argue against the punishments for these laws as I'm not entirely sure about them either.

Note that most of these involve little in the way of imprisonment and more short and brutal punishments because

1. That's the way it was back in the day

2. Long jail times make bad rp (though so does execution, but)

3. It's far more amusing.

There we go.

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PostSubject: Re: Sanctimonian Common Law   Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:25 am

You know, I really hope the rape law is never broken in server
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PostSubject: Re: Sanctimonian Common Law   Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:38 am

How about instead of flogging, we have some good old torture? The Spanish Inquisition sure knew how to get people to repent.

And if we're going to execute vampires, they should be burned at the stake, imo.
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PostSubject: Re: Sanctimonian Common Law   Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:50 am

Time for some good ol' fashion witch hunts!

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PostSubject: Re: Sanctimonian Common Law   Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:51 am

The word of the day is lynch
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PostSubject: Re: Sanctimonian Common Law   Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:53 am

updated. Vampires and werewolves are burned after execution, and the 'brandishing a deadly weapon' law has been changed to include wielding any fire arms in public and lightning a matchlock

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