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wrongful death

Wrongful death is a civil cause of action brought by family members and dependents against individuals who knowingly or negligently cause the death of another person. A wrongful death action may be brought against a person also facing...

wrongful death action

A civil action against someone who can be held liable for a death. Any tortious injury that caused someone's death may be grounds for a wrongful death action. Under the common law, a claim for wrongful death had to be brought by the decedent's...

wrongful death statute

A statute that essentially codifies the common law claim of wrongful death, but modifies any rules that legislators deems arcane or unjust. For instance, modern wrongful death statutes permit the decedent's executor or administrator to bring the...

wrongful discharge

See: Wrongful termination.

wrongful termination in violation of public policy

An action for wrongful termination (or discharge) in violation of public policy gives a terminated employee the right to action against their former employer for wrongful termination. Although employment relationships are generally at will,...



Yes. The word "yea" is used in oral voting and also written or spoken when announcing vote results.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. John Doe No. 1 v. Reed, 130 S.Ct. 2811, 2833–34 (2010).

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year and a day


A period of time running from any date until the same date in the following year, e.g. from January 1 to January 1 of the following year. At common law, the statute of limitations for filing certain claims and prosecuting certain crimes....

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).

See also

Year and a day rule

yeas and nays


The tally of affirmative and negative votes on some proposal. Especially used to describe vote results in a legislature or other deliberative body.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. U.S. v. Ballin, 144 U.S. 1 (1892).

See also...