break the law

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Who could have prophesied in what way any of these inspired law-breakers would break the law, what new type of perfect imperfection they would create?
Sunday came, and with it came Demetrios Contos, to break the law defiantly in open day.
It was almost impossible to remember who he was--only a petty chief of a conveniently isolated corner of Mindanao, where we could in comparative safety break the law against the traffic in firearms and ammunition with the natives.
"Evil are the punishments of those who break the Law. None escape."
The white man who begins to break the law by lynching a Negro soon yields to the temptation to lynch a white man.
If I break the laws I will accept the vengeance of the state, but I will not regard it as punishment nor shall I feel myself convicted of wrong-doing.
This week, it was reported that Donald Trump would not only take $271 million in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a hurricane bears down on the United States to fund immigrant detention centers, but that he would offer pardons to anyone in his Administration who helps him break the law to fund his dangerous border wall.
Summary: Washington [USA], Dec 13 (ANI/Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he never directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to break the law, adding that the lawyer should have understood the legality of his own actions.
In the recording, Sonko notes that the intensified war on corruption followed a presidential order but asks Waititu to let him break the law and secure the release of his wife.
The excuse is always the same, "it's too dangerous on the road", so, walk, get a bus, use your car, or learn to ride properly, don't endanger pedestrians and break the law.
"I have been calling for bicycles to have identifi-cation plates so those riders who break the law can be caught and prosecuted.
INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace yesterday claimed he had an obligation to break the law by scaling a fence to inspect US war planes at Shannon Airport.