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CRIME Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

A crime is an act committed or omitted, in violation of a public law, either forbidding or commanding it; a breach or violation of some public right or duty due to a whole community, considered as a community. In its social aggregate capacity, as distinguished from a civil injury. Wilkins v. U. S

TLD Example 1: Someone charged with committing a crime could also face a civil lawsuit by the victim seeking monetary damages.

TLD Example 2: The overwhelming amount of evidence presented by the prosecution left no doubt the defendant committed the crime.


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