Ex Officio Oath

Ex Officio Oath

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The ex-officio oath was an English judicial and ecclesiastical weapon developed in the first half of the seventeenth century, and used as a form of coercion, persecution and forcible self-incrimination in the religious trials of that era. It took the form of a religious oath made by the accused prior to questioning by the Star Chamber, to answer truthfully all questions that might be asked. It gave rise to what became known as the "cruel trilemma" where the accused would find themselves trapped between a breach of religious oath contempt of court for silence, or self-incrimination. The name derives from the questioner putting the accused on oath ex officio, meaning by virtue of his office or position.show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 145g
  • Plor
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6135624288
  • 9786135624281