Mala in se

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(Law) offenses which are such from their own nature, at common law, irrespective of statute.

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Murder, for instance, is malum in se, inherently contrary to the rule of reason.
Kahan concedes that the line between malum in se and malum prohibitum is "blurry.
Crimes of this sort are often referred to as malum prohibitum -- wrong because prohibited -- and are distinguished from crimes that are malum in se -- wrong in themselves independent of law.