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capital offense

n. any criminal charge which is punishable by the death penalty, called "capital" since the defendant could lose his/her head (Latin for caput). Crimes punishable by death vary from state to state and country to country. In some American states these offenses may include first degree murder (premeditated), murder with special circumstances (such as intentional, multiple, involved with another crime, with guns, of a police officer, or a repeat offense), and rape with additional bodily harm, and the federal crime of treason. A charge of a capital offense usually means no bail will be allowed. (See: capital punishment, bail)

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Noting that the House seemed to be doing a 'balancing act' by proposing to allow courts to impose death as punishment for heinous crimes, Lacson said more capital offenses should be proposed than limited, and the list of offenses should include plunder.
Medellin was convicted of murder in the course of a sexual assault on two teenaged girls, a capital offense in Texas, and sentenced to death in October 1994.
A third category of proposals would adjust in one way or another the procedures used to try and sentence capital defendants, including those relating to where a capital offense may be tried, the appointment of counsel in capital cases, the pre-trial notification which the parties must exchange in capital cases, the procedures that apply when the defendant claims to be mentally retarded, adjustments in the statutory aggravating and mitigating circumstances, jury matters, and the site of federal executions.
Those held in connection with the kidnapping face trial before the central criminal court in Iraq, where kidnapping is a capital offense.
Converts who had reverted to Judaism were now heretics in the eyes of the church--potentially a capital offense.
For the first time since the Raj introduced tea and crumpets to the region, Pakistan's cricket team forfeited a test match against Great Britain after the refs ruled that the Pakistani players had tampered with the ball, a capital offense among the ultra-civilized, white-shirted players who break for high tea.
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Loom destruction became a capital offense in 1812, but it didn't diminish laments about the pace of technology.
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To prevent further adventuring, these emperors made it a capital offense to build a boat with more than two masts.