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grand jury

(Encyclopedia) grand jury, in law, body of persons selected to inquire into crimes committed within a certain jurisdiction. It usually comprises a greater number than the trial, or petit (also, petty) jury, h...

indictment

(Encyclopedia) indictment ĭndīt´mənt [key], in criminal law , formal written accusation naming specific persons and crimes. Persons suspected of crime may be rendered liable to trial by indictment,...

inquest

(Encyclopedia) inquest, in law, a body of men appointed by law to inquire into certain matters. The term also refers to the inquiry itself as well as to the findings of the inquiry. The most usual form of inq...

Eyre, Edward John

(Encyclopedia) Eyre, Edward John âr [key], 1815–1901, British colonial administrator. In Australia (1833–45) he was a magistrate, explorer, and writer on Australian geography, and had a reputation for s...

Capone, Al

(Encyclopedia) Capone, Al (Alfonso or Alphonse Capone) kəpōn´ [key], 1899–1947, American gangster, b. Naples, Italy. Brought up in New York City, he became connected with organized crime and was the sub...

Robinson, Charles

(Encyclopedia) Robinson, Charles, 1818–94, American politician, first governor of the state of Kansas (1861–63), b. Hardwick, Mass. He studied medicine and in 1849 he joined the gold rush to California, w...

Scroggs, Sir William

(Encyclopedia) Scroggs, Sir William, 1623?–1683, English jurist. Educated at Oxford and trained in law at Gray's Inn, he became (1669) a king's sergeant, was made (1676) justice in common pleas through the ...

Lattimore, Owen

(Encyclopedia) Lattimore, Owen, 1900–1989, American author and educator, b. Washington, D.C. He was educated (1915–19) at St. Bees School, Cumberland, England, and did graduate research (1928–29) at Har...

Milken, Michael Robert

(Encyclopedia) Milken, Michael Robert mĭl´kən [key], 1946–, American financial executive, b. Van Nuys, Calif. Nicknamed the junk bond king, he was an executive at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc., wh...

felony

(Encyclopedia) felony fĕl´ənē [key], any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor , that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law . In early English law a felony was a he...