Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lynch law; in particular a custom anciently prevailing in the parish of Hallfax, England, by which the free burghers held a summary trial of any one accused of petit larceny, and, if they found him gullty, ordered him to be decapitated.