Be­ing an ‘in­cor­ri­gi­ble rogue’ no longer il­le­gal

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - News -

Eng­land’s repeat ras­cals can breathe a lit­tle eas­ier tonight. Be­ing an “in­cor­ri­gi­ble rogue” is no longer against the law.

Bri­tain’s Min­istry of Jus­tice said that the old­fash­ioned-sound­ing of­fence, cre­ated in the early 19th cen­tury, was one of more than 300 ob­so­lete of­fences which had been scrapped over the past year.

The 1824 Va­grancy Act was aimed at the pun­ish­ment of “idle and dis­or­derly per­sons,” “rogues,” and “vagabonds.” It de­fined an “in­cor­ri­gi­ble rogue” as a home­less per­son who vi­o­lently re­sisted ar­rest.

Many such laws have been heav­ily amended since or slipped into ob­so­les­cence as they were re­placed by newer leg­is­la­tion. The govern­ment pub­lishes an an­nual ac­count of new and ex­pired of­fences. Thurs­day’s re­port said that 309 old ones were scrapped and 327 were added.

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