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In light of some of the recent embarrassing criminal incidents involving visibly religious Jews in the United States, it made me think of something I had read once ( or vaguely remember reading ) that there were cases of Jews who committed certain highly visible ( but not capital offense ) crimes against non-Jews during the middle ages and where then executed by the Jewish community due to the hillul hashem involved.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about or the incident / cases I may have read about? It's very vague and fuzzy in my memory.

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    I doubt that. A Sanhedrin would be necessary to execute someone and there was no Sanhedrin in the Middle Ages. – Daniel Jul 24 '15 at 12:45
  • @Daniel There have always been ways of executing without executing - like locking someone up without food or water... – Robert S. Barnes Jul 24 '15 at 13:26
  • That isn't executing without executing. That's executing. – Daniel Jul 24 '15 at 13:34
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    @Daniel That's not true. A Sanhedrin is only needed to mete out the special 4 punishments for the special capital crimes. – Double AA Jul 24 '15 at 13:44
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    @Daniel I was responding directly to your first comment. Any Beit Din can kill anyone directly if they want. ShA CM 2. – Double AA Jul 24 '15 at 13:48

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