THE LEGAL PROCESS

unreasonable search and seizure

DefinitionAn unreasonable search and seizure is a search and seizure by a law enforcement officer without a search warrant and without probable cause to believe that evidence of a crime is present.OverviewAn unreasonable search and seizure is...

Upon information or belief

Phrase often used in pleadings and affidavits under oath to qualify a statement or allegation so as to protect the speaker from perjury.

utter

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTo speak, articulate, or issue (as in a forged document).

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Uttering

Under common law, uttering is when a person offers as genuine a forged instrument with the intent to defraud.

Vacate

Definition1) In civil and criminal procedure

To set aside or annul a previous judgment or order.

2) In property law

To surrender or leave the premises.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Sears v. Upton, 130 S.Ct. 3259 (2010) (a judgment) and...

Vacatur

Definition

Latin for "it is vacated." A rule or order that sets aside a judgment or annuls a proceeding.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 130 S.Ct. 2743 (2010).

See also

Vacate

Vehicular homicide

Definition

A crime in which the defendant's unlawful or negligent operation of a motor vehicle results in the death of another person. Also called automobile homicide and vehicular manslaughter. Such laws vary by jurisdiction, but vehicular homicide...

Vehicular manslaughter

A crime in which the defendant's unlawful or negligent operation of a motor vehicle results in the death of another person. Also called vehicular homicide. The specific law of each jurisdiction can vary, but vehicular manslaughter is generally easier...

Venire

Definition

A panel of prospective jurors. A jury is eventually chosen from the venire.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Skilling v. United States, 130 S.Ct. 2896 (2010).

See also

Jury duty

Jury selection

Jury trial

Venire...

Venire facias

Definition

A writ from a judge directing a sheriff to assemble prospective jurors. Sometimes abbreviated as venire.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Powers v. United States, 223 U.S. 303 (1912).

See also

Jury duty

Jury selection

Jury...

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