Riot Act. A 1714 English statute that made it a capital offense for 12 or more rioters to continue together for an hour after a magistrate has officially proclaimed that rioters must disperse. ? This statute was not generally accepted in the United States and did not become a part of American common law. It did, however, become a permanent part of the English language in the slang phrase reading the Riot Act (meaning ¡°to reprimand vigorously¡±), which originally referred to the official command for rioters to disperse.
How do Chinese lawyers translate the term RIOT ACT?
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