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Last updated: 06-Oct-2014

In Semayne’s case 5 Coke, 91:

… the house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, at for his repose; and although the life of man is a thing precious and favored in law; so that although a man kills another in his defence, or killed one per infortun, without any intent, yet it is felony, and in such case he shall forfeit his goods and chattels, for the great regard which the law has to a man’s life; but if thieves come to a man’s house to rob him, or murder, and the owner or his servants kill any of the thieves in defence of himself and his house, it is not felony, and he shall lose nothing,…

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