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The principal part of anything as distinguished from its subordinate parts, as in the main part of an instrument. An individual, an organization, or an entity given legal recognition, such as a corporation or "body corporate." A compilation of laws known as a "body of laws."

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

BODY. A person.
     2. In practice, when the sheriff returns cepi corpus to a capias, the plaintiff may obtain a rule, before special bail has been entered, to bring in the body and this must be done either by committing the defendant or entering special bail. See Dead Body.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to one man, assaulting another woman and driving a Ford Focus dangerously on Newcastle's Groat Market, as well as driving while disqualified, without a licence and without insurance, were put to him.
A 16-year-old boy, charged yesterday, has been remanded in custody accused of murder, grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis, while Romaine Williams-Reid, 18, of Erith Crescent, Romford, was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm and will appear in custody at the Old Bailey on July 25.
Now, Christopher Onslow, 72, has been convicted of two counts of misconduct in a public office, three charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, inflicting grievous bodily harm and one of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and John McGee, 74, of misconduct in public office and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
20, 2018 at 2400E, a quarter mile south of 1400 North Road, he caused bodily harm to the three boys, while acting in a reckless manner.
Atkins pleaded not guilty to section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent, but admitted the less serious section 20 grievous bodily harm offence.
"Bodily Landscapes" expo will last until September 18.
Against modal rationalism, Manolo Martinez argues that elementary bodily mechanisms allow cognizers to know possibility.
The amendments propose either triple fine with deprivation of driving rights or imprisonment up to 3 years with deprivation of driving rights for 3 years for violation of tariffs rules and causing bodily harm to a person during driving the vehicle.
-- Durden suffered bodily injuries while competing in the race.
[USA], Aug 27 (ANI): A study has recently found that a would-be mother's reason for undergoing an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) be it to prevent or treat disease, earn money or to have a child may result in variations in the bodily experience of the patient.
Aviva saw a 9.5 per cent jump in the number of fraudulent claims it declined in 2016, fuelled by increases in fraud detection across motor bodily injury, household and liability claims.