Comment: Bring back trial by combat

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Bring back trial by combat

I've said this for about 20 years. Adding comment so I can find it in my archive.

Technically, trial by combat is not dead because it isn't dueling. Every once in awhile, you'll see a newspaper article with the government finding this out, because it is a common law right.

Trial by combat is more important than dueling. Dueling is about honor, but trial by combat is about an even more fundamental right that you always have a right to protect yourself and not get mobbed. When you have trial by combat, 51% of the people can't decide to take away your rights as a mob, because you have the right to challenge your specific accuser - the prosecutor representing the fictional "state", to combat.

As a side note, the term "craven coward" comes from trial by combat.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.