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From the Archive - May 30, 1896

The inequality of sentences

7 June 2016

Last week, at the Old Bailey, a man was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude (the maximum penalty) for bigamy. It was one of the worst cases of its kind which it is possible to imagine. The prisoner first married a lady with property merely for the purpose of swindling her, the legality of the marriage being apparently an accident as far as he was concerned. After living with his wife for a few weeks, he obtained possession of a considerable sum of her money, and deserted her. Not long after he went through the ceremony of marriage with another lady, and, after living with her a short time, got a large sum from her and disappeared. This was the offence for which he was convicted, having been arrested when on the verge of committing a similar crime against a wealthy widow. The prisoner had been several times previously convicted of serious offences against property.

A few months ago a poor woman was tried for bigamy. ...

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