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Contumacy

Contumacy is a stubborn refusal to obey authority or, particularly in law, the wilful contempt of the order or summons of a court (see contempt of court). The term is derived from the Latin word contumacia, meaning firmness or stubbornness.[1]

In excommunication.[1]

In the U.S., while not expressly mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, the courts have long asserted an inherent power of judges to punish such refusal, which in this context is known as contempt of court. The U.S. Supreme Court recognized federal courts' inherent power to imprison a person for contumacy in United States v. Hudson & Goodwin without a reference to a definition of contumacy in common or statutory law.[2]

Contumacy was the name of the radical conservative campus publication at the University of Texas at Austin which was published in 1997 and reprinted ad nauseam until 2006.[3]

In traditional Chinese law, contumacy (曰惡逆) is one of the Ten Abominations.

References

  1. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.
  2. ^ United States v. Hudson & Goodwin, 11 U.S. (7 Cranch) 32
  3. ^ "Contumacy of UT Austin". Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
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Further reading

  •  Driscoll, James H. (1908). "Contumacy (in Canon Law)".  


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