FUR MANIFESTUS

FUR MANIFESTUS

fur manifestus (f[schwa]r man-[schwa]-fes-t[schwa]s). [Latin ¡°manifest thief¡±] Roman law. A thief caught in the act of stealing. ? A fur manifestus could be put to death on the spot in either of two circumstances: (1) if the theft occurred at night, or (2) if the thief used a lethal weapon against the person who discovered the crime. Apart from this, the manifest thief was liable to pay the owner four times the value of the stolen property. ¡ª Also termed manifest thief.
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