criminal prosecution


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Noun1.criminal prosecution - the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behaviorcriminal prosecution - the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
action at law, legal action, action - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
trial - (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law; "he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
double jeopardy - the prosecution of a defendant for a criminal offense for which he has already been tried; prohibited in the fifth amendment to the United States Constitution
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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And in the first place, you will be so good as to unsay that story about selling his head, which if true I take to be good evidence that this harpooneer is stark mad, and I've no idea of sleeping with a madman; and you, sir, you I mean, landlord, you, sir, by trying to induce me to do so knowingly, would thereby render yourself liable to a criminal prosecution.
And there were some people (yes, amongst his very victims) who more than half believed him, even after the criminal prosecution which soon followed.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
First and foremost, to publish an explicitly homosexual novel (or at least one in which the hero neither committed suicide nor suffered punishment) might have opened him up in 1914 to criminal prosecution.
Thus, mental health commitments, which have a public health component but also resemble imprisonment, require more due process protections than does a quarantine order, but fewer protections than a criminal prosecution.
Criminal prosecution branches across Canada employed more than 3,600 people, with 60% being staff lawyers.
The decision supports Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, a 1996 state law that sought to ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction.
No example makes the point more clearly than the tobacco industry's escape from criminal prosecution, despite its well documented record of concealing health risks and the addictive properties of smoking, manipulating cigarette ingredients to promote addiction, and marketing to children.
Members of the Alabama Ethics Commission voted 5-0 in June to refer the case of Etowah County Circuit Judge Roy Moore to the attorney general's office for further investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
However, the existence of a compliance plan that is enforced provides the facility with a strong argument that there is no criminal intent, and may provide the prosecutor with sufficient basis to conclude that a criminal prosecution should not be initiated.
The indictments had represented the first criminal prosecution of health providers in 50 years.
But it's also true that there have been no referrals for criminal prosecution and most people who are professional in the area know that.