void for vagueness

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void for vagueness

adj. referring to a statute defining a crime which is so vague that a reasonable person of at least average intelligence could not determine what elements constitute the crime. Such a vague statute is unconstitutional on the basis that a defendant could not defend against a charge of a crime which he/she could not understand, and thus would be denied "due process" mandated by 5th Amendment, applied to the states by the 14th Amendment.

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Because the Noise Control Code includes some provisions employing vague, standardless language that may fail to satisfy the notice and separation-of-powers principles undergirding the vagueness doctrine, and because the code contains multiple and overlapping types of noise regulations that may prove difficult for laymen to understand, defendants' motion to dismiss count 2 will be denied.
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"It's certainly like the void for vagueness doctrine that you no longer have any clear voice or signals on where the line ends and begins," she pointed out.
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When people of reasonable intelligence disagree over local norms, constitutional claims involving the void for vagueness doctrine seem likely.
Vagueness doctrine, retroactivity, and the key methods of statutory interpretation that relate to due process notice all changed during this period, (12) and they all changed in the same way: to permit less clarity and predictability in the law.
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