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Of or pertaining to the system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

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guilty until proven innocent

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A new U.S. law that authorizes the seizure of website domains by the U.S. government on grounds of suspected copyright violations. The seizure is conducted under U.S. civil law ...

elder law

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An area of legal practice that covers those issues that affect the growing aging population, such as estate planning, wills, end-of-life planning, and geriatric care issues.


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The release, prior to trial, of a person accused of a crime, under specified conditions designed to assure that person's appearance in court when required. Also can refer to the ...


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The action, treated as a criminal offense, of demanding money from a person in return for not revealing compromising or injurious information about that person.

burden of proof

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The duty to prove disputed facts. In civil cases, a plaintiff generally has the burden of proving his or her case. In criminal cases, the government has the burden of proving the ...


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A defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question.


Law; US law

The final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented.