Zorzi Marenzi and the Studium. A criminal lawyer and the forensicscience in Padua (1751-1757)

Journal title SOCIETÀ E STORIA
Author/s Gianni Buganza
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/130
Language Italian Pages 32 P. 689-720 File size 740 KB
DOI 10.3280/SS2010-130002
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The author wants to draw the scholars’attention to a cross-section of the Paduan penal judicial world with reference to scientific and forensic aspects. The research is based on the Maleficio (Criminal tribunal) section of the rettorato (office of local chief executive) archive in Padua and the documents examine corpus refer to the lawyer Zorzi Marenzi’s work between 1751 and 1757. In particular, the author outlines this lawyer’s defensive options when he is faced with the crime of abortion and the use he makes of Academic scientific advice during trials. The city of Padua is the traditional seat of one of the most important and eminent western universities but its relationship with the administration of justice by the Venetian magistracy is difficult and controversial. Legal counsel is marked, in a positive or negative sense, by the difficulties of this relation and Marenzi, an imposing figure in the Paduan forum for thirty-eight years, was ultimately defeated.

Keywords: Law; advocacy; Forensic science; academic scientific advice; Studium; trial; Padua

Gianni Buganza, Zorzi Marenzi e lo <i>Studium</i>. Un avvocato penale nella Padova scientifico-forense (1751-1757) in "SOCIETÀ E STORIA " 130/2010, pp 689-720, DOI: 10.3280/SS2010-130002