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Frontier justice (also called vigilante justice[1] or street justice) is extrajudicial punishment that is motivated by the nonexistence of law and order or dissatisfaction with justice.[2] The phrase can also be used to describe a prejudiced judge.[3] Lynching[2] and gunfighting are considered forms of frontier justice.[4]


United StatesEdit


  • April 1991: José Vicente Anunciação murdered a co-worker during a drunken knife-fight in Salvador, Bahia. Witnesses to the crime were not able to provide evidence in court. Anunciação was set free and then dragged from his bed at night by a mob of forty people who beat him to death with bricks and clubs. Previously, a mob of fifteen-hundred people stormed and set fire to the Paraná prison where Valdecir Ferreira and Altair Gomes were being held for the murder of a taxi-cab driver.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Kingseed, Wyatt (2002). "Teddy Roosevelt's Frontier Justice". American History. 36: 22–28.
  2. ^ a b Gonzales-Day, Ken (2006). Lynching in the West: 1850–1935. London: Duke University Press.
  3. ^ Bryant, Wilbur Franklin (1887). The Blood of Abel. Gazette-Journal Company.
  4. ^ Mullins, Jesse (May 1994). "To Stand Your Ground". American Cowboy.
  5. ^ "Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Posse". Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "Brazil's frontier justice". The Economist. April 27, 1991.