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n. slang for a criminal defendant's previous record of criminal charges, convictions, or other judicial disposal of criminal cases (such as probation, dismissal or acquittal). Only previous felony convictions can be introduced into evidence. However, the record of "priors" can have an impact on sentencing, as with prior drunk driving convictions requiring mandatory jail sentences, and "three strikes, you're out," providing for extended sentences for the third felony conviction.

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Samuel had a splendid constitution, a tremendous grip on life.
When the old master retired, Samuel took over his school.
Oz fine a sailor-mon oz ever walked was Samuel Henan.
The face o' the second mate was white oz death, an' he stood ut alone for half an hour, when ut was too much for hum an' he went below an' called Samuel an' the third.
And once again Margaret Henan carried a babe to Belfast and had it christened Samuel.
Wull ye be tellun' me," she said, "thot uf the second Samuel hod been named Larry thot he would no hov fell un the hot watter an' drownded?
I went down the dark road between the hawthorn hedges puzzling over the why of like, repeating SAMUEL to myself and aloud and listening to the rolling wonder in its sound that had charmed her soul and led her life in tragic places.
The Samuels," Clara interpolated, with what I suspected was a giggle.
Johnson had a little money, and so Samuel returned to his native town and there opened a school.
Marlon Samuels too tried his best to pull West Indies towards the total through an elegant 76 off 139 balls with 13 boundaries.
Samuel earns the title page for influencing everything that happens during his life and after his death.