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CONSTRUCTIVE CRIME Definition & Legal Meaning

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Where, by a strained construction of a penal statute, it is made to include an act not otherwise punishable, it is said to be a “constructive crime,” that is, one built up by the court with the aid of inference and implication. Ex parte McNulty. 77 Cal. 104, 19 Pac. 237, 11 Am. St. Rep. 257


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