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    Synonyms: whitlow
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A felony is a serious crime in some common law countries. The term originates from English common law where felonies were originally crimes which involved the confiscation of a convicted person's land and goods; other crimes were called misdemeanors. Many common law countries have now abolished the felony/misdemeanor distinction and replaced it with other distinctions such as between indictable offences and summary offences. A felony is generally considered to be a crime of "high seriousness", while a misdemeanor is not.

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Fleeing Felon Rule - Case Law
... action did not affect Michigan's Fleeing Felon Rule and that a citizen may use deadly force when restraining a fleeing felon in a criminal matter ... Supreme Court ruled that a private citizen may not use deadly force under the common law fleeing felon rule ...
Fleeing Felon Rule
... At Common law, the Fleeing Felon Rule permits the use of force, including deadly force, against an individual who is suspected of a felony and is in clear flight ... Caplan "Immediate stopping of the fleeing felon, whether actually or presumably dangerous, was deemed absolutely necessary for the security of the people in a free state, and for maintaining the "public ... said that the social policy of the common law in this matter was not only to threaten dangerous felons and hence deter them, but was also to induce ...
For He's A Jolly Good Felon - Track Listing
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Muntaqim V. Coombe - Overview
... would never again be allowed to vote under New York's existing felon-disenfranchisement law unless he were to be pardoned ... Bottom's challenge to New York's felon disenfranchisement law was dismissed by the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York ... the complaint on the grounds that section 2 of the Voting Rights Act does not apply to felon disenfranchisement statutes ...
Felon - See Also
... a felony Criminal law Employment discrimination against felons in the United States Federal crime Felony murder Handhabend and Backberend Infraction Misdemeanor One ...

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