DEAF AND DUMB

Definition of DEAF AND DUMB in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DEAF AND DUMB

A man that is born deaf, dumb, and blind is looked upon by the law as in the same state with an idiot, he being supposed incapable of any understanding. 1 Bl. Comm. 304. See, however, Alexier v. Matzke, 151 Mich. 36, 115 N.W. 251, 123 Am.St.Rep. 255. Nevertheless, a deaf and dumb person may be tried for felony if the prisoner can be made to understand by means of signs. 1 Bish. Cr. L. § 395; Commonwealth v. Hill, 14 Mass. 207; State v. Harris, 53 N.C. 136, 78 Am.Dec. 272; 1 Houst.Cr.Rep. 291; Felts v. Murphy, 201 U.S. 123, 26 S.Ct. 366, 50 L. Ed. 689.

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