American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law that deals with crimes and their punishments.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. the law which relates to crimes.
- n. that branch of jurisprudence which relates to crimes.
- n. the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
“After his return he entered Parliament in 1813 as member for Nairnshire, and attained a considerable reputation as a forcible and informing speaker on questions of criminal law and general politics.”
“There was the criminal law bill that purported to crack down on drug dealing in schools but had been so poorly drafted that I concluded it was both ineffective and unconstitutional - “Obama voted to weaken penalties on gangbangers who deal drugs in schools,” is how the poll described it.”
“The imperial rescripts of 1220 and 1224 were adopted into ecclesiastical criminal law in 1231, and were soon applied at Rome.”
“Day after day, Nancy interprets criminal law for the underserved public, who unconsciously knows that one day soon it may be representing itself in a court of law, stripped as it is of the cash needed to defend itself against the myriad charges of lawsuit-happy lawyers, who wrote the Patriot Act, which says no American has the right not to be charged with a crime.”
“Jack Stuart, the co-op's criminal law specialist, and Hank Zahn, my former boss, had just gone up there to remove my chaise longue and place it in Jack's van.”
“There were many sparrings in the course of the trial between Hardin and Prentiss upon points in the law of evidence, and as to the admissibility or rejection of testimony, as also upon many points of the criminal law of England, whether changed or not by statutory provisions of the State.”
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