malice aforethought


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malice aforethought

n. Law
The premeditated and deliberate commission of a criminal act with knowledge of its harmfulness or reckless indifference to its harmfulness and without justification or excuse.

malice aforethought

n
1. (Law) the predetermination to do an unlawful act, esp to kill or seriously injure
2. (Law) the intent with which an unlawful killing is effected, which must be proved for the crime to constitute murder. See also murder, manslaughter

mal′ice afore′thought


n.
a predetermination to commit an unlawful act without just cause or provocation. Also called mal′ice prepense′.
[1660–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malice aforethought - (law) criminal intentmalice aforethought - (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
premeditation - (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
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"
Translations

malice aforethought

[ˌmælɪsəˈfɔːˌθɔːt] n (Law) → premeditazione f
References in classic literature ?
This sailing with a "dry " boat was malice aforethought on my part.
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He said both references against him were motivated, filed with malice aforethought, filed for ulterior motives, to achieve a collateral purpose and to humiliate, subjugate and browbeat the judiciary, destroy the judiciary's independence and make the judiciary subservient to the executive by subverting the Constitution.
On 19 December, McKenna was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, on the basis that he and McManus had generally been on good terms and that the period for any malice aforethought was short.
Section 203 of the penal Code provides that "hellipany person who of malice aforethought causes the death of another person by unlawful act or omission is guilty of murder.
Instead, the only evidence in the record is that defendant deliberately and intentionally shot her husband and that she either shot him with malice aforethought or in self-defense.
They were left distraught by the verdict of manslaughter - "an unlawful killing that doesn't involve malice aforethought".
I lay awake plotting how to destroy my eBook reader in the morning with malice aforethought, which was just as well, because half an hour later my wife had gone to sleep still sitting up and I had to wake her so she could remove her spectacles and lay back properly in the land of nod.
She said element of malice aforethought on part of deceased was proved.
Whelan's legal training eventually seemed to kick in--concepts like "malice aforethought" and "reckless disregard for the truth." Naming the alternate suspect, he said, did not mean he was implying that the classmate "or anyone else committed the sexual assault that Ford alleges." But what else could it mean?
Paolo wrote in his complaint that Trillanes' accusations against them 'are pregnant with malice aforethought and evil intent.'