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On Sex, Criminal Procedure, and Interpreting Colonial Prosecutions

The paper I delivered at the ASE make a methodological argument for approaching criminal prosecutions of sex crimes in the early-modern Spanish empire. The nature of criminal prosecution in the early modern Spanish legal system hinged upon two significant elements,

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Legal Fiction, Gender, and Early-Modern Spanish Law

Judicial practice in the early modern Spanish empire poses a set of significant problems for scholars looking to criminal and civil proceedings for evidence of normative social practices. A central feature of the Spanish legal inheritance was a centuries-long accrual

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Deducir ante el Juez la accion ú derecho que se tiene, ó las excepciones que excluyen la accion contrária.

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Chad Black

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