Thanks Joyful Molly http://joyfulmolly.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/garrows-law-faq-servants-and-beards-and-wigs-oh-my/ for raising this:
” “Hangedhangedhanged! WTF scriptwriter! Men are HANGED, not HUNG!”
As far as grammar is concerned, you are correct.”
I always wondered about that too. The answer, from my perspective, is that it’s both. No! Outrage! I hear you cry! However, have a look at these cases. These two say ‘hung’ and the last one ‘hanged’. You can’t argue with the proceedings!
Case 1: Garrow for the defence:
I was not married to him, he certainly would prosecute the prisoner as far as he could, and for my sake he would not wish to see him hung,
Case 2: Garrow for the defence:
Have you never said to Smith, that you had Notely under your thumb, and that you would do his business for him? – No Sir, never in my life; I told Smith that Notely hung a man here some time back; that was all that ever I said to him; I never said I would be a witness against him.
Case 3: Garrow v Sylvester: The classic formulation:
each of you, be taken from hence to the place from whence you came, and from thence to the place of execution, there to be hanged by the necks until you are dead, and the Lord have mercy on your souls!