criminal law and procedure

year and a day rule


A bright-line, common law rule that a person cannot be convicted of homicide for a death that occurs more than a year and a day after his or her act(s) that allegedly caused it. The rule arose from the difficulty of determining cause of...

year and day


See year and a day.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Rogers v. Tennessee, 532 U.S. 451 (2001).

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Year and a day rule


1) To give something up or surrender control, especially when required by law.

2) To bring forth a result, as when a search yields criminal evidence or an investment yields a profit.

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youthful offender

1) An adolescent or young adult convicted of a crime. States usually allow youthful offenders to choose special correctional programs not available to adult offenders.

2) A juvenile delinquent.

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zealous witness

A zealous witness is a witness whose testimony is clearly biased in favor of the party for whom they are testifying.

Illustrative caselaw:

See, e.g. Mayes v. Gibson, 2010 F.3d 1284, 1291 (10th Cir. 2000).

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