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This Day in Georgia History

February 10, 1787

Act Against Maiming Signed

Gov. George Mathews signed an act of the House of Assembly making it illegal for any person to “wilfully or maliciously cut out or disable the tongue, put out an eye, slit the nose, bite or cut off the ear, nose or lipp, or cut off or disable any limb or member of any person or persons within this State, in so doing, to maim or disfigure in any of the manners before mentioned.” The penalty for the first offense was a hefty fine (half of which went to the injured person) and having to stand in the pillory for up to two hours.