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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

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

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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In cases of abuse of civil proceedings--as with malicious prosecution--people bringing the claims must prove that the unsuccessful litigants acted out of malice, spite or an improper motive, and without reasonable and probable cause.
A deep field also features Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul and Will Take Charge, who closed to within a length of Palace Malice in the Jim Dandy, where front-running Moreno, who is set to force the pace, was third.
Hotze were false, it should have granted his motions because there was no evidence of malice.
In the third section, I discuss whether the responsible communication defence can be defeated by the presence of "malice" on the part of the person making an allegedly defamatory statement, and highlight the importance of distinguishing between the different types of behaviour that are quite often semantically lumped together under the rubric of malice.
38) The Court, in a plurality opinion, held that actual malice was required in cases brought by private plaintiffs if the statements at issue addressed matters of public or general concern.
But despite his injuries, he said in a statement yesterday: "I bear no malice towards the man who shot me but now wish to move on with my life.
The Malice Standard is not Theoretically Incoherent
In the field of defamation law, a statement which might otherwise constitute libel or slander does not support a defamation suit if the person who made the statement did so in the course of some legal or business duty to do so, and without malice.
Maybe it's the fact the album seems to flow gently from the slightly more hardcore malice numbers into the wonderland tracks (which I'm sure possess a calming influence from the likes of R.
For one thing, I was worried that book shops wouldn't be able to stack copies of Malice.
Our job is not to determine if Shaikh Jassim is innocent or guilty, our role is to recommend whether the case involves malice or not and if not, then the committee will recommend the immunity be lifted," said Mr Al Marzooq.
I have seen it a few times now and it was a clumsy challenge but there was no malice in it," said Jones.
I have drawn the wrath of the local Maggots of Malice," the memo, dated Aug.
We need to teach our children the great God above all has no malice against them, and the great baggage of racism we now bear was not placed upon us by that God but by the avarice and greed of our brothers.