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Criminal prosecution   /krˈɪmənəl prˌɑsəkjˈuʃən/   Listen
Criminal prosecution

The institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior.  Synonym: prosecution.

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"Criminal prosecution" Quotes from Famous Books

... conducted, Ministers may suffer one part of Government to languish, another to be perverted from its purposes: and every valuable interest of the country to fall into ruin and decay, without possibility of fixing any single act on which a criminal prosecution can be justly grounded. The due arrangement of men in the active part of the state, far from being foreign to the purposes of a wise Government, ought to be among its very first and dearest objects. When, therefore, the abettors of new system tell us, that between them and their opposers there ...
— Thoughts on the Present Discontents - and Speeches • Edmund Burke

... libel are, very justly, liable both to *criminal prosecution*, as offences against the public, and to *action for damages* by civil process, on the obvious ground that the injury of a man's character tends to impair his success in business, his pecuniary credit, and his comfortable enjoyment ...
— A Manual of Moral Philosophy • Andrew Preston Peabody

... passion. It teaches men to practice equity, every man learns to judge his neighbor as he would himself be judged; and this is especially true of the jury in civil causes, for, whilst the number of persons who have reason to apprehend a criminal prosecution is small, every one is liable to have a civil action brought against him. The jury teaches every man not to recoil before the responsibility of his own actions, and impresses him with that manly confidence without which political virtue cannot exist. It invests each citizen with ...
— Democracy In America, Volume 1 (of 2) • Alexis de Tocqueville

... proceeded from folly to folly, and from vice to vice, with the connivance, if not the encouragement, of his master; till in the heat of a nocturnal revel he committed such violences in the street as drew upon him a criminal prosecution. Guilty and unexperienced, he knew not what course to take: to confess his crime to Candidus, and solicit his interposition, was little less dreadful than to stand before the frown of a court of justice. ...
— The Works of Samuel Johnson - Volume IV [The Rambler and The Adventurer] • Samuel Johnson

... husband nor wife shall in any case, be a witness against the other, except in a criminal prosecution for a crime committed one against the other, or in a civil action or proceeding one against the other; but they may in all civil and criminal cases, be witness for each other. [Sec.4891.] In prosecutions for adultery or bigamy the husband or wife, as the ...
— Legal Status Of Women In Iowa • Jennie Lansley Wilson

... a criminal prosecution against a country schoolmaster, for indecent behaviour to his female scholars. There is no statute against such abominable conduct; but it is punishable at common law. I shall be obliged to you for your assistance in this extraordinary trial. I ever am, ...
— Life Of Johnson, Vol. 3 • Boswell, Edited by Birkbeck Hill

... much interested in having me adjudged insane, for Mr. Simmons had in several ways laid himself liable to criminal prosecution, especially in the matter of the quarantine. Mrs. Simmons came to our cell door, and in the presence of Sister Wilhoit, to whom she had told that I used "obscene language," I asked her if she said this? She had to acknowledge ...
— The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation • Carry A. Nation

... any acts of violence on their part, as it had been declared in public orders early in the month, that in forming the intended settlement, any act of cruelty to the natives being contrary to his Majesty's most gracious intentions, the offenders would be subject to a criminal prosecution; and they well knew that the natives themselves, however injured, could not contradict their assertions. There was, however, too much reason to believe that our people had been the aggressors, as the governor on his return from his excursion to Broken Bay, on landing at Camp Cove, found ...
— An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1 • David Collins

... as he could a proposal that if the District Attorney would consent to turn his back while the law stumbled in one of the numerous pitfalls that beset a criminal prosecution, the organization would deliver the goods, quietly pass the word along to knife its own man and allow Carton to ...
— The Ear in the Wall • Arthur B. Reeve

... public papers I learned my cousin, the Austrian Trenck, was at this time closely confined, and under criminal prosecution. It will easily be imagined what effect ...
— The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck - Vol. 1 (of 2) • Baron Trenck

Words linked to "Criminal prosecution" :   action at law, trial, action, legal action, defense, double jeopardy, jurisprudence, law

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