from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of speculating, arranging, or plotting in advance.
- n. Law The contemplation of a crime well enough in advance to show deliberate intent to commit the crime; forethought.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of planning or plotting something in advance, especially an intentional crime.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of meditating or contriving beforehand; previous deliberation; forethought.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of premeditating; previous deliberation; forethought; precogitation.
- n. Previous contrivance or design formed: as, the premeditation of a crime.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. planning or plotting in advance of acting
- n. (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
This is an aggravated offense, in that there was some level of premeditation in other words, not a random testosterone fueled engagement between two meatheads over a girl and due to the 6 on 1 engagement...again, not “boys being boys” but a beatdown.
His playing suggests precision without premeditation, which is one reason for his success along a certain
His playing suggests precision without premeditation, which is one
It's the "premeditation" of a crime or the killing itself that governs most "murder" charges.
What you think is "premeditation" and what actually counts as such under law are likely two very different things.
Any judge would always take into account, when sentencing, issues such as premeditation, provocation, and those actions and events which lead to the actual injuries sustained, and there are appeal proceduresif they do not.
But responsibility should be calibrated on a scale, and this is not a Mafia hit case, this not the kind of premeditation or motivated killing.
Clearly, although it may not be fair to point to these actions as "premeditation" for murder, it is certainly worth noting that the kid had a temper problem out of his realm of control.
Sanzone said the judge ruled there was not evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to show the boy acted with malice or premeditation, meaning that he would have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter if he had been older.
Justice Elizabeth Curtain sentenced Parrish Chales to six-and-a-half years in jail, saying the stabbing was "random, unprovoked and frenzied" and the fact that the 45-year-old attacker had a hunting knife hidden in his pants showed a degree of "premeditation".