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n.1.(Law) Evil intent, embracing both malice and fraud. See Culpa.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Because, though you yourself may have meant nothing but what was innocent, your words may have suggested something less innocent to the evil minds of your hearers; and then the law steps in, and calls it dolus eventualis, and everybody says how dreadful, and off you go to prison and are punished as you deserve to be."
All five judges agreed that Judge Thokozile Masipa was wrong in her application of the legal principle of dolus eventualis.
Oscar | Five appeal judges ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the rule of 'dolus eventualis' - whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions - after the athlete armed himself with a powerful weapon.
High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled last year that the state had failed to prove Pistorius had shown 'intent' or 'dolus eventualis', a legal concept that centres on a person being held responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their actions.
Legal experts say the prosecution is likely to appeal against the judge's interpretation and application of the principle of dolus eventualis--awareness of the likely outcome of an action--when she acquitted the sprinter of the murder charge.
The results we present here for salt marsh-inhabiting planthoppers (Prokelisia dolus and P.
dolus (Wilson 1982; Heady and Wilson 1990) are restricted to coastal salt marshes, where they feed exclusively on cordgrass (Spartina) (Denno et al.
dolus, are native residents of the intertidal marshes along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts of North America where they feed and develop exclusively on cordgrass (Spartina) (Denno et al.
However, Judge Thokozile Masipa's decision drew criticism from some legal experts who said she had made an error in her interpretation of the legal concept of 'dolus eventualis', whereby a person is held accountable for the foreseeable consequences of their actions.
The spirit of the legal principle dolus eventualis says you must be found guilty of murder.