Penal statutes

PENAL STATUTES. Those which inflict a penalty for the violation of some of their provisions.
     2. It is a rule of law that such statutes must be construed strictly. 1 Bl. Com. 88; Esp. on Pen. Actions, 1; Rosc. on Conv.; Cro. Jac. 415; 1 Com. Dig. 444; 5 Com. Dig. 360; 1 Kent, Com. 467. They cannot, therefore, be extended by their spirit or equity to other offences than those clearly described and provided for. Paine, R. 32; 6 Cranch, 171.

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The court admitted its helplessness in proceeding further in the case under the existing penal statutes, but appreciated that the offences of match fixing, betting the incidental conduct of players/ bookies in such activities is covered under the Anti- Corruption Code of the BCCI.
European societies became modern and civilized when they replaced these bloody rituals with penal statutes that regarded prisons as "correctional" institutions, or "reformatories," or "penitentiaries," which Foucault warned had their own repressive character.
Insurance policies frequently exclude coverage for violations of penal statutes.
9) Others have repealed the common law rule of lenity, a rule that calls upon courts to construe ambiguous penal statutes in favor of the accused.
However, unless police carry out thorough investigations that carefully establish a suspect's gang affiliation, thus giving judges the evidence base they need to hand down convictions, the law won't be any more effective than any of the penal statutes already on the books, Arevalo told Diario Mundo.
Penal Statutes Should Be Strictly Construed--Or Not
As this example shows, prosecutors cannot always be counted upon to exercise their discretion to remedy over-breadth in penal statutes.
To fortify the penal law regime a 1558 statute provided that if all informer was frustrated in filing suits on penal statutes in local courts, whose juries had proven resistant to informers enforcing them in local markets, he could appeal to the national courts in Westminster Hall.
This fear was exacerbated by James's suspension of penal statutes against recusants as one of his first acts in England.
The Supreme Court explained in a 1990 case that it "has consistently adhered to the view" that the Ex Post Facto Clause "applies only to penal statutes.
Their main objective was to enforce penal statutes throughout England.