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malice aforethought

A calculated, premeditated intention to harm or kill. Outside of legal writing, the phrase is often used humorously or sarcastically. During the sentencing, the defendant's lawyers argued that the death penalty should be reserved for those who killed with malice aforethought. Don't give me that innocent look. You ate the last piece of pie with malice aforethought!
See also: aforethought, malice

with malice aforethought

Intentionally and malevolently; not innocently or by accident. The phrase is usually used humorously to mimic legal language. Don't give me that innocent look. You ate the last piece of pie with malice aforethought!
See also: aforethought, malice

malice aforethought

the intention to kill or harm which is held to distinguish unlawful killing from murder.
See also: aforethought, malice

with ˌmalice aˈforethought

(law) with the deliberate intention of committing a crime or harming somebody: Suddenly Guy, more by way of a nervous twitch than with malice aforethought, pulled the trigger.
See also: aforethought, malice
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only claimed that there is no proof of malice, it is presumed, if no good intention or justifiable motive for making it has been shown (Article 354, RPC), except in the following cases: (a) a private communication made by any person to another in the performance of any legal, moral or social duty and (b) a fair and true report, made in good faith, without any comments or remarks, of any judicial, legislative or other official proceedings which are not confidential in nature, or of any statement, report or speech delivered in said proceedings, or of any act performed by any public officers in the performance of their functions.
The DOJ explained that 'malice is a term used to indicate the fact that the offender is prompted by personal ill-will or spite and speaks not in response to duty, but merely to injure the reputation of the person defamed.'
It's being done due to political malice. There was no wrongdoing during our regime.
Constitutional malice, also called actual malice, is the publishing of a defamatory statement either knowing it is false or with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity.
The plain language of the statute, Lewis wrote, states that a governmental entity is not liable for loss resulting from employee conduct that constitutes actual malice. Further, the state Court of Appeals held in Gause v.
Asking for malice, I do not do it in public if there is malice.
What struck me was his mix of disgust, malice, and satisfaction, as a novelist, at having predicted and described it all in advance.
'The plaintiff had failed to prove that there was any malice on the defendant's part in altering or publishing the article,' she said.
[7] Such allegations may only result in a claim for defamation if it is shown that the person making them acted out of malice, or intentionally introduced irrelevant defamatory statements, not supported by reasonable grounds, into the proceedings.
Malice at the Palace provides a fine new Royal Spyness mystery featuring amateur sleuth Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line to the English throne and ready to solve a royal dilemma.
Staff at city centre nursery Dukes and Duchesses slammed the blaze as "an act of malice" and Merseyside Police is investigating the incident.
Drop malice and don't enjoy others ill fortune too much, there is always a warning corner around which you cannot see.
" But Neilson felt there wasno malice in the challenge from Sow.
LORD Roberts of Llandudno has warned against taking "revenge" against Nick Clegg as Paddy Ashdown condemned a "plot of deep malice" to remove the Liberal Democrat leader.