capital offense


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Related to capital offense: death penalty, Capital crime
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Noun1.capital offense - a crime so serious that capital punishment is considered appropriate
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
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Murder with calculated premeditation is a capital offense, and should be.
Mosaic law also makes idolatry or the worship of other gods a capital offense, along with a host of other crimes, including adultery, cursing one's parents, and sodomy.
On a recent appearance on WABC in New York, I suggested he take his crusade to Afghanistan where Christian missionaries are being jailed for violating the Taliban government's edict that makes preaching any non-Islamic religion a capital offense.
However, since today the state has developed the facilities to fully protect its people from further harm by a criminal convicted of a capital offense, the cases in which execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically non-existent.
Would it not better serve our case to impose life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in capital offense cases?
122) Although the case involved the conviction of several defendants for the capital offense of robbery on the high seas (piracy), Justice Story saw fit to compare the double jeopardy treatment of capital offenses with that of misdemeanor offenses.
FDR even considered charging the Colonel with treason, a capital offense.
In early May, the Palestinian Authority announced it was a capital offense for Palestinians to sell land to Israelis.
Under the tenets of Islam as propounded by Mohammed and enforced by most religious leaders who esteem him as Allah's Prophet, it is a capital offense to "apostatize" from that faith.
The beheading of a dog shouldn't be a Proposition 66 issue because it should be a capital offense.
To be "Other" in Soviet society would, conceivably, be a capital offense.
Currently, judges are required to offer bail to all suspects, except those accused of a capital offense.