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10 Completely Archaic Laws Still on the Books

Dive into the darkest corners of the world’s aging legislation and you’ll find statutes that will puzzle even the most lawful citizen. Case in point: prohibiting pretzels with beer.

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  • Reprieve
    Reprieve

    Reprieve, in law, temporary suspension of execution of the sentence of a criminal. See more »

  • Robbery
    Robbery

    Robbery, the stealing of property being worn or carried by the victim or in the presence of the person who is in legal possession of the property. See more »

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the federal police force of Canada. The Mounties, as its members are called, enforce federal laws throughout Canada and provincial laws in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec. See more »

  • Sabotage
    Sabotage

    Sabotage, willful obstruction, damage, or destruction carried out to further some economic, military, political, or personal objective. See more »

  • Scotland Yard
    Scotland Yard

    Scotland Yard, the common name for the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police Force and, especially, its Criminal Investigation Department (CID). See more »

  • Search Warrant
    Search Warrant

    Search Warrant, in United States law, a document signed by a judge that permits officers of the law to search the home or other premises of a specified person for evidence relating to a crime. See more »

  • Secret Police
    Secret Police

    Secret Police, police who operate secretly and are used for political purposes. See more »

  • Sedition
    Sedition

    Sedition, speech, writing, or other action that promotes disrespect for or resistance to the government. See more »

  • Sexual Harassment
    Sexual Harassment

    Sexual Harassment, in law. In general, there are two types of sexual harassment. See more »

  • Sheriff
    Sheriff

    Sheriff, in the United States, a public official, usually elected, who is in charge of law enforcement in a county (or parish). See more »

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