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barratry


barratry


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barratry  \Bar"ra*try\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  baraterie  LL  barataria.  See 
  {Barrator},  and  cf  {Bartery}.] 
  1.  (Law)  The  practice  of  exciting  and  encouraging  lawsuits 
  and  quarrels.  [Also  spelt  {barretry}.]  --Coke.  Blackstone. 
 
  2.  (Mar.  Law)  A  fraudulent  breach  of  duty  or  willful  act  of 
  known  illegality  on  the  part  of  a  master  of  a  ship,  in  his 
  character  of  master,  or  of  the  mariners,  to  the  injury  of 
  the  owner  of  the  ship  or  cargo,  and  without  his  consent. 
  It  includes  every  breach  of  trust  committed  with  dishonest 
  purpose,  as  by  running  away  with  the  ship,  sinking  or 
  deserting  her  etc.,  or  by  embezzling  the  cargo.  --Kent. 
  Part 
 
  3.  (Scots  Law)  The  crime  of  a  judge  who  is  influenced  by 
  bribery  in  pronouncing  judgment.  --Wharton.