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Criminal Law Act 1826

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VIIIFelonies within Benefit of Clergy provided for under all Circumstances consequent on the Indictment.

And, with regard to clergyable Felonies, be it enacted, That if any Person shall be indicted of any Felony for which the Offender is or shall be entitled to the Benefit of Clergy, and such Person shall on Arraignment confess the Felony, or stand mute of Malice, or will not answer directly to the Charge, or shall challenge peremptorily above the Number of Twenty Persons returned to be of the Jury, or shall be outlawed upon such Indictment, in every such Case such Person shall be deemed and taken to be convicted of the Felony, and the Court shall award such Judgment as if such Person had been convicted by Verdict; and every thing herein contained shall extend as well to all Accessories as to Principals.

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