lesser crime

lesser crime

n. (See: lesser-included offense)

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She was later convicted of a lesser crime and sentenced in January to 45 months in prison.
After experiencing the barbarity of the Holocaust firsthand, he devoted his life to convincing the international community that there must be legal retribution for mass atrocities targeted at minorities, asking, “Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?
But then, after laying out why Pistorius, 27, might instead be guilty of a lesser crime, culpable homicide, the judge abruptly stopped in the middle of her explanation and suspended court without declaring a verdict on that charge.
Experts suggest that about 90 to 95 percent of people who are charged of a crime plea down to a lesser crime, but many of these people are found guilty of at least something.
As we all know, justice in this country is becoming a lottery where you can end up in prison for a lesser crime and spend years in jail but take someone's life and the sentence never fits the crime.
Hughes brought in video technology unavailable to local stewards when he made his case to the appeal board of the Royal Western India Turf Club and they accepted that he was not guilty of foul riding, but the lesser crime of improper riding.
We have English people deported to the US for a lesser crime, yet he and others are allowed to stay here.
The strategy appeared to be to convince the jury that Williams never planned to kill Naimi and was therefore not guilty of first-degree murder, but only of some lesser crime.
This seems to fly in the face of the President s call for South Africans to feel safe and be safe, if this judgement is juxtaposed against the minimum sentence policy it means an offender arrested for murder can get out before an offender arrested for a lesser crime,' said Mr Smith.
Why should an armed robber get to plead guilty to a lesser crime such as petty theft?
A slightly lesser crime but still one that can shatter a fine evening, turning a good hearted sommelier into a seething tornado of brimstone and vitriol, is pronunciation of the word 'Riesling'.