It suddenly struck me that I had posted on Louisa Calderon in another thread; Stress Positions. For those interested it was msg #131, but I'll copy it here:I have read all your posts on this subject. Great work! By the way, you would possibly be interested with Luisa Calderon case which has been similar to poor Doris. Good Luck!
In 1801 Thomas Picton, then governor of the island of Trinidad, ordered a free young woman of mixed race, named Louisa Calderon, to be hoisted on the picket to force her to confess to a crime. She endured the torture for fifty five minutes one day, and another twenty two minutes the next, when it was discontinued due to the fact that she fainted twice, and there was some concern that continuing it would kill her. She was held in jail for eight months, after which the charges against her were dismissed.
Word of this made it to England, and there was a good bit of outrage. Thomas Picton was tried in London in 1806 for unlawful torturing (a misdemeanor) and various other, more serious charges of malfeasance. Louisa Calderon testified against him. He was found guilty of the unlawful torture. The other charges were dropped. He appealed the verdict, and in 1808, it was reversed.
I thought it was interesting that unlawful torture was a misdemeanor in English law. That seems awfully harsh. I mean, how can any torture be considered unlawful?