The Nefarious Crime in Mexico, 1800–1856
This chapter discusses how criminal courts in late colonial and early national Mexico maintained a high degree of flexibility in determining the punishments for males convicted of the “sin against nature” of bestiality—the worst of all sexual crimes. It particularly recounts the story of José de los Reyes who had intercourse with a jenny under the influence of alcohol. The judge made a series of statements to the effect that the crime, being “so against the natural,” could not be committed even in a state of inebriation; thus making it worthy of the death penalty. However, when the accused was successfully “proven” to be indigenous and of scarce intelligence, the judge sentenced Reyes only with ten-year’s imprisonment.
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