"Femme couvert"? - someone help me out here!
Posted by Carolyn B on March 28, 1998 at 06:36:35:
In response to Semi-connected, written by ElaineL on March 27, 1998 at 20:49:13
] Another concept I read about that's difficult for me to comprehend as a 20th century American is that reportedly the accused was not allowed to speak in his/her own defense. Can't remember when that changed, but think it was late 19th c. Is this treated at all in the account your reading of Leigh Perrot?
Someone else may know this, and I'm racking my brains to remember - did the concept of femme couvert (a woman is covered by her husband or father, i.e., they are legally responsible for her actions/crimes) mean that women couldn't testify because they were technically "invisible" before the law????
- Some legal verbiage... The Mysterious H.C. 12:11:37 3/28/98 (0)
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