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- n. Treason against one's country or sovereign.
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- n. Criminal disloyalty to one's country.
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- adj. treason against the sovereign or the state, the highest civil offense. See Treason.
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- n. a crime that undermines the offender's government
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Casement's subsequent trial and conviction on a charge of high treason had inspired a movement in his favour from Irish-Americans, the final outcome of which was that the Senate, in early August, passed a resolution asking the British Government for clemency and stipulating that this resolution should be presented to the Foreign Office.
On the other hand, the Senate has judicial functions, that is, by royal decree the house may be turned into a high court of justice, to pass upon cases of high treason and of attempts against the security of the State and to judge the ministers who may be accused by the Chamber of Deputies.
Theologians and jurists based their attitude to some extent on the similarity between heresy and high treason (crimen laesae maiestatis), a suggestion that they owed to the Law of Ancient Rome.
+ 13 Eliz.c. 2, which made it high treason to put into effect any papal Bull of absolution, to absolve or reconcile any person to the
When they marched the next year into Champagne to revenge themselves on Tibald, Matthew Paris says that their pretext was that Tibald had been guilty of high treason in being Queen Blanche's paramour, and conspiring with her to poison her husband, Louis VIII.
That Honorius III was in any way concerned in the drafting of this ordinance cannot be maintained; indeed the emperor was all the less in need of papal inspiration as the burning of heretics in Germany was then no longer rare; his legists, moreover, would certainly have directed the emperors attention to the ancient Roman Law that punished high treason with death, and Manichaeism in particular with the stake.
+ 13 Eliz.c. 1, which, among other enactments, made it high treason to affirm that the queen ought not to enjoy the Crown, or to declare her to be a heretic or schismatic, and
In response, the English Parliament passed a series of vicious laws against Catholics: it became high treason to convert an Anglican to Catholicism, anyone saying or hearing mass was liable to a large fine and a year's imprisonment, - a heavy fine was laid on anyone who failed to attend the Anglican services.
For seminary priests it was high treason to be in England at all after l585.
Praemunire for the second offence and to the penalties of high treason for the third offence.