Crime And Criminals; Being The Jurisprudence Of Crime, Medical, Biological, And Psychological

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byCharles Arthur Mercier

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III THE NATURE OF CRIME The word "crime" is used in very various senses by different persons on different occasions. Stephen, following Austin, defines it as an act or omission that the law punishes; and this definition has in a high degree the merit that every definition ought to possess, that it does define. It is a clear and unmistakable definition. But it is not the only one in use. In English law the term is often understood as restricted to those more serious acts and omissions that may be the subject of indictment, and are triable at assizes and quarter sessions; while all unlawful acts and omissions that are of a minor gravity, and are triable at courts of first instance, are distinguished from crimes, and called offenses. There is a certain incongruity in applying the term "crime," as it must be applied in Austin's and Stephen's definitions, to the act of a pedlar in pursuing his trade without a license, or the omission of a bicyclist to keep his lamp alight after dark. In popular language such offenses would not be called crimes, and in popular language the terms "crime" and " criminal" are frequently applied to acts and omissions that arouse the moral reprobation of the 1 writer or speaker, but are not punishable by law. Politicians, who are much addicted to the use of expressions stronger than the facts warrant, frequently speak of the acts of their political opponents as criminal, meaning, not that they are infringements of the law, but merely that they are to be disapproved. The omission of an ambas sador to transmit some important piece of information to his government has been called criminal, though it infringed no law. The word is used as a term of strong condemnation, and not in any legal sense. Charles I. and James II. have been said ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III THE NATURE OF CRIME The word "crime" is used in very various senses by different persons on different occasions. Stephen,...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217696759

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