Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley, #2) by Elizabeth GeorgeThe career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives an eighteen-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country where they have virtually no authority, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grapple for both a motive and a murderer. Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britains foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully through the complicated terrain of human relationships, while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.
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Give Blood Or Go To Jail: Policing For Profit Crosses The Line, Courts Find
Families of victims of the 25 January revolution who accept blood money in return for dropping their cases against police pose an emerging threat to the revolution, critics say. Usama Abu al-Maty, whose brother Saber Abu al-Maty was killed during the revolution, alleges that influential Salafi preacher Yasser al-Borhamy has been mediating accords under which families receive blood money — a fine paid to the next of kin of someone who has been murdered — to drop charges against police officers. Salafi leaders have come under fire of late following revelations about their supposed mediation efforts. Borhamy confirmed that the military had asked him to mediate between the accused officers and the families, according to Maty. Abdel Moneim al-Shahat, a prominent Salafi scholar and the spokesperson for the movement in Egypt, told the privately owned ONTV satellite channel Monday that Islamic law allows families to accept blood money equal to the value of camels. However, the notion of allowing Shariah-sanctioned blood money payments has sparked controversy, as no agreement exists over the exact meaning of the term. A state-sponsored fact-finding committee reported in April that at least people were killed and more than wounded during the protests.
Debtors' prisons have been outlawed in America since — but poor people are still being sent to jail when they can't pay court fines and fees. Judge Dennis P. District Judge Noel Hillman wrote in his March 30 decision condemning it. T he judges could not cite any legal basis authorizing their actions. At least four other cities have settled similar lawsuits alleging unconstitutional for profit policing since At the time, Kneisser was in college and making nine dollars an hour as a part-time cook. When Kneisser told the judge he didn't have any friends who could help him pay, Judge McInerney ordered him jailed for five days.
It costs a lot more than your own life., Ransom paid by a murderer to the avenging kinsmen of a murdered man, in satisfaction for the crime. Among the Anglo-Saxons and other Germanic peoples blood-money or "wergeld" was commonly paid, and a regular scale of prices fixing the value of lives was established by law Kemble, "The Anglo-Saxons in England," ii.
If property was stolen, or someone was injured or killed, the guilty person would have to pay weregild as restitution to the victim's family or to the owner of the property. Weregild payment was an important legal mechanism in early Germanic society ; the other common form of legal reparation at this time was blood revenge. The payment was typically made to the family or to the clan. No distinction was made between murder and manslaughter until these distinctions were instituted by the re-introduction of Roman law in the 12th century. Payment of the weregild was gradually replaced with capital punishment due to Christianization , starting around the 9th century , and almost entirely by the 12th century when weregild began to cease as a practice throughout the Holy Roman Empire. The word weregild is composed of were , meaning "man", and geld , meaning "payment or fee", as in Danegeld.
Blood money is, colloquially, the reward for bringing a criminal to justice. A common meaning in other contexts is the money-penalty paid by a murderer to the kinsfolk of the victim. These fines completely protect the offender or the kinsfolk thereof from the vengeance of the injured family. The system was common among Germanic peoples as part of the Ancient Germanic law before the introduction of Christianity weregild , and a scale of payments, graduated according to the heinousness of the crime, was fixed by laws, which further settled who could exact the blood-money, and who were entitled to share it. Homicide was not the only crime thus expiable: blood-money could be exacted for most of crimes of violence. Some acts, such as killing someone in a church or while asleep, or within the precincts of the royal palace, and rape were "bot-less"; and the death penalty was inflicted instead. Such a criminal was outlawed , and could be killed on sight or thrown into a bog in case of rape according to Tacitus.