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chapter 15

key terms

common law a system of law based on precedent and customs
precedent a ruling that is used as the basis for a judicial decision in a later similar case
statute a law written by a legislative branch
plaintiff a person or party filling a lawsuit
defendant an individual or group being sued or charged with a crime
felony a serious crime such as murder rape kidnapping or robbery
misdemeanor a relatively minor offense such as vandalism or stealing inexpensive items
larceny the unlawful taking away of another persons property with the intent never to return it
robbery the taking of property from a persons possession by using force or treats
burglary unlawful entry into any dwelling or structure
lawsuit a legal action in which a person or group sues to collect damages for some harm that is done
tort wrongful acts for which an injured party has the right to sue
libel written untruths that are harmful to someones reputation
constitutional law branch of law dealing with formation construction and interpretation of constitutions
stare decisis
writ of habeas corpus
bill of attainder
ex post facto law
due process of law
search warrant
double jeopardy
grand jury
plea bargaining
Created by: Tylertoro5