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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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"The cadets thoroughly deserve the recognition that comes with the Grand Prior Award and we hope that they will inspire more young people to learn first aid and get involved in our youth programme."
* A dozen volunteers from across Wales attended a Young Achievers Reception hosted by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace for achieving their Grand Prior award - the highest accolade available to St John cadets
Shannon, from Exhall, Coventry was selected to attend the prestigious event having completed their Grand Prior Award; the highest award a St John Ambulance Cadet can achieve.
"He has achieved Cadet of the Year, and been awarded the elite Grand Prior Award from Lord Crathorne for his work with the corps," said Andree.
The Archbishop of Wales will join the Duke of Gloucester, who is the Grand Prior of St John, at the dedication of a plaque at St John Church in Cardiff city centre on April 24 at 2pm.
St John Ambulance cadet Claire Tunney, 15, has just returned from Buckingham Palace where she was presented with the Grand Prior Award from HRH The Princess Royal.
John has been named Warwickshire county cadet of the year, while Simon and Allan have successfully completed the Grand Prior Award, the highest award which can be given to cadets.
HONOURED: Les and Barbara Taylor, above, were invested as members of the Order of St John Picture by IAN COOPER; MEMORIES: Barbara above left in 1972 receiving a Grand Prior Award from Lady Serena James.
The Duke, who is the Grand Prior of St John Ambulance, visited the organisation's new town centre headquarters before officially opening the new pounds 3m Brooke School site in Overslade Lane, Bilton.
Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "I hope to make a real difference to the charity and will aspire to change the organisation for the better over the next five or six years." In addition to officially formalising Mr Clayton-Jones' appointment within the organisation, The Duke, who is Grand Prior of the Order of St John, Dan Clayton-Jones invested and promoted more than 40 St John Wales members into the Order of St John.
Kyle Swift, 13, Shane Woodhouse, 15, and Amy Hansell, 16, who all attend The King's Academy in Coulby Newham, have received the St John Grand Prior Award after completing 24 proficiencies.

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