circumstance - A circumstance
which may be considered to reduce the degree of moral culpability, although it does not entirely justify or excuse
- A moot point is one that need not be
decided, due to a change of circumstances.
turpitude - Conduct contrary
to honesty or good morals.
- A formal request presented to a
actions - Numerous and
unnecessary attempts to litigate the same issue.
- N -
ne exeat - A writ which forbids the person to whom it is
addressed to leave the country, the state or the jurisdiction of the court.
negligence - Failure to exercise the care that an ordinarily
prudent person would exercise in the same circumstances.
- This phrase, endorsed by a grand jury
on an indictment, means that, in the opinion of the jury, evidence was insufficient to warrant the return of a
divorce - A kind of divorce in
which the parties need not cast blame on one another for the failure of the marriage.
prosequi - A formal entry upon
the record by the plaintiff in a civil suit, or the prosecuting officer in a criminal case, declaring the case will
not be prosecuted.
contendere - A Latin phrase
meaning "I will not contest it." A plea in a criminal case which does not require the defendant to admit guilt, but
the defendant does not contest the facts on which the charge is based. Some judges refuse to accept such pleas in
party - One who is joined as a
party or defendant merely because the technical rules of pleading require his presence in the
mentis - Not of sound mind;