Husband and wife are two souls in the one flesh...
Galloway, Kate (2012) Husband and wife are two souls in the one flesh... Curl: Property law, women and law, contemporary legal issues, 11 February 2012.
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[Extract] It hath beene resolved by the Justices that a wife cannot be produced either against or for her husband...[for they are two souls in one flesh], and it might be a cause of implacable discord and dissention betweene the husband and the wife, and a meane of great inconvenience. (Lord Coke, 1628, cited in David Lusty, 2004)
As a result of the Biblical principle that husband and wife are 'two souls in one flesh', there is a common law tradition whereby women may not be obliged to give evidence against their husbands. This principle has apparently extended to apply to men giving evidence against their wives.
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|Keywords:||evidence, law, marriage, private/public, women|
Curl: Property law, women and law, contemporary legal issues is the blog of Kate Galloway and is available at http://katgallow.blogspot.com.au/ (12 September 2012)
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