According to Wikipedia, in Ashford v. Thornton,

If the plaintiff said the word craven ("I am vanquished") and gave up the fight, he was to be declared infamous, deprived of the privileges of a freeman, and held liable for damages to his opponent.

What would have been the procedure, and more importantly, the implications, of being declared “infamous”?


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Infamy was a declaration that generally stripped a person of his legal status. This could include a loss of rights to contract, to testify in court, to vote, to serve in the military, to speak in public, etc.

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    Is infamy synonymous with outlawry then, or is that a further step?
    – Steve
    Commented Nov 5, 2023 at 16:03
  • I'm not certain, but I believe that's another step down the road.
    – bdb484
    Commented Nov 5, 2023 at 16:29

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