What is COMMON-LAW CRIMES?

Such crimes as are punishable by the force of the common law, as distinguished from crimes created by statute. Wilkins v. U. S., _ 96 Fed. 837, 37 C. C. A. 588; In re Greene I* (C. C.) 52 Fed. 111. These decisions (and many others) hold that there are no common- law crimes against the United States.

More On This Topic




Link to This Definition

Did you find this definition of COMMON-LAW CRIMES helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Written and fact checked by The Law Dictionary