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Every criminal act is illegal or unlawful, but illegal or unlawful acts may not be criminal. Offenses against public law are criminal; offenses against private rights are merely illegal or unlawful. As a general rule, all acts punishable by fine or imprisonment or both, are criminal in view of the law. It is illegal for a man to trespass on another's land, but it is not criminal; the trespasser is liable to a civil suit for damages, but not to indictment, fine, or imprisonment. A felonious act is a criminal act of an aggravated kind, which is punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary or by death. A flagitious crime is one that brings public odium. Vicious refers to the indulgence of evil appetites, habits, or passions; vicious acts are not necessarily criminal, or even illegal; we speak of a vicious horse. That which is iniquitous, i. e., contrary to equity, may sometimes be done under the forms of law. Ingratitude is sinful, hypocrisy is wicked, but neither is punishable by human law; hence, neither is criminal or illegal. Compare SIN.
improper, unconventional, unlawfuladjective
not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention
"an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"
contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
"unlawful measures"; "unlawful money"; "unlawful hunters"
not morally right or permissible
having no legally established claim
"the wrongful heir to the throne"
illegitimate, illicit, outlaw(a), outlawed, unlawfuladjective
contrary to or forbidden by law
"an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures"
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I was never in any way complicit in the unlawful rendition or detention of anyone by other states.
Dozens of people suffered a slow and agonizing death at the hands of government forces that should have been protecting them, these unlawful killings must be investigated and all those responsible brought to justice.
The legal challenges, if the courts accept the applications for judicial review as legitimate for trial, are certain to be combined and go all the way to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court could quash and/or declare unlawful.
I could have spoken from Rhode Island where I have been staying ... But I felt that, in speaking from the house of Lincoln, of Jackson, and of Wilson, my words would better convey both the sadness I feel in the action I was compelled today to make and the firmness with which I intend to pursue this course until the orders of the federal court at Little Rock can be executed without unlawful interference. (On sending troops to enforce integration in Little Rock AR High School)
Our position is that Mr. Barnes is not guilty of the charges, if the arrest was unlawful, and we hope to prove that it was, then the force that was used against him was wrong.
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