malice aforethought


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malice aforethought

The 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
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English Romanian offence against the person infractiune contra persoanei common law offence infractiuni prevazute de jurisprudenta malice aforethought, intent cu premeditare, intentie, rea-credinta necessity, defense of stare de necesitate justification.
The erroneous jury instruction suggested jurors could infer malice aforethought if "from the circumstances known to the Defendant, a reasonably prudent person would have known that according to common experience there was a plain and strong likelihood that death or grievous bodily harm would follow the contemplated act.
69) That would undermine California's position, as reflected in the Penal Code, that only those killers who kill with malice aforethought should be treated as murderers.
Businesses did this deliberately and with malice aforethought, only the malice has returned to bite their own behinds.
Taylor, who was sent-off for the tackle, primarily because of the severity of what happened to Eduardo's leg and ankle, not because there was malice aforethought - that's what Mike Dean told him several weeks later when he officiated Taylor and Blues again.
With malice aforethought he planned the heist How many commandments violated?
Willfully, and with full malice aforethought, deliberately held back The Golden Generation.
At common law, murder included the killing of a human being by another human being with malice aforethought.
She went on to train at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has worked steadily ever since, appearing in dramas like North and South, Malice Aforethought and Sharpe's Challenge.
It takes malice aforethought to plumb these perceived depths.
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Such protests holding the media accountable for their shortcomings, be they unintentional or with malice aforethought, is a crucial first step in reversing the bitter trend of the commercialization of the media and their most important product, news.
I take as my texts almost at random two crime novels, the first published in 1931, Malice Aforethought, by Francis lies (the pseudonym of Anthony Berkeley Cox), and the second published in 1990, Hide and Seek, by Ian Rankin.
Safety considerations typically relate to errors in operations, judgment, or design of the transportation system, with no malice aforethought.