In the case of capital felonies other than murder the recording of sentence of death has the effect of a reprieve by the court.
Under the old system of transportation it was a common practice to reprieve convicted felons as a step to induce them to consent to transportation to the American colonies (see the Old Bailey Regulations of 1662, J.
The pain returned, and he realized he hadn.t noticed its temporary reprieve until it clutched his chest again.
He did the dishes as well, hoping for an early reprieve from her justified anger.
In cases of conviction of wilful murder the reprieve, if any, is granted by the home secretary on behalf of the crown, and on convictions of murder the court seems now to have no power to reprieve except in the case of a pregnant woman.
Grief threatened to consume them, and there would be no reprieve from their anguish.
The granting of a reprieve was hotly resented by the people of Edinburgh, and on the night of the 7th of September 1736 an armed body of men in disguise broke into the prison, seized Porteous, and hanged him on a signpost in the street.