THE LEGAL PROCESS

Voluntary manslaughter

Killing another person without deliberation, premeditation, or malice aforethought. Committed while in the heat of passion, or else, as a result of some kind of adequate provocation.

waive

To forgo something, usually a right. Example: to waive a right to jury trial is to not demand the jury trial which you would otherwise have a right to.

Waiver

Intentionally or voluntarily giving up one's recognized right.

wanton

An adjective used to destribe behavior that is either particularly inhuman (as in cruel and wanton behavior), or behavior that is lewd or bawdy (in a sexual context).

Ward

Courts may appoint guardians to care for people who cannot properly take care of themselves, due to age or legal incompetence. These protected people are the wards of their guardians.

Warrant

A writ permitting or directing someone to take some action. Frequently, the term refers to a writ from a judge, permitting law enforcement personnel to take some action, such as make an arrest, search a location, or seize some piece of property. See...

weight of evidence

The believability or persuasiveness of evidence. For example, the testimony of a witness who was able to ID a suspect in a line-up has more weight then that of a witness who "thinks she might have seen some guy".

Weight of the evidence

The degree to which evidence convinces triers of fact to either accept or reject a factual assertion. Sometimes, the phrase refers to the strength of a single piece of evidence. At other times, the phrase refers to the whole set of evidence presented...

wet reckless

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA reckless driving charge that is labeled as "alcohol related." It is usually made as a result of a plea bargain in which a charge of drunk driving has been reduced. A "wet reckless" occurs when the...

White-collar crime

Overview

White-collar crime generally encompasses a variety of nonviolent crimes usually committed in commercial situations for financial gain.

The following is an inclusive list of white-collar offenses : antitrust violations, bankruptcy...

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