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CHANCE, accident. As the law punishes a crime only when there is an intention to commit it, it follows that when those acts are done in a lawful business or pursuit by mere chance or accident, which would have been criminal if there had been an intention, express or implied, to commit them, there is no crime. For example, if workmen were employed in blasting rocks in a retired field, and a person not knowing of the circumstance should enter the field, and be killed by a piece of the rock, there would be no guilt in the workmen. 1 East, P. C. 262 Poster, 262; 1 Hale's P. C. 472; 4 Bl. Com. 192. Vide Accident.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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BALLYMAC ESKE is a solid oddson chance across the board for the Caffreys Puppy Classic after his best-of-year 29.55sec (+30) heat victory over Nottingham's 500m course on Monday, but trainer Barrie Draper is taking nothing for granted.
Substitute Danny Mitchley snatched a reasonable chance across the six-yard area as Boro looked to put the tie to bed and the same player produced a superb 25-yarder that was brilliantly turned over at full stretch by the flying Hedge.
Rees left the Ospreys to try his chance across the border because he wasn't getting any game-time with the likes of Justin Marshall and Jason Spice ahead of him in the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium.
Howard drove a good chance across the face of Rovers'goal on 44 minutes and Ian Goodison did well to block a goal-bound shot from Fryatt at the end of a rapid counter-attack.
STEWART DOWNING (for Rooney, 68): Boro forward was full of running, but dragged a late chance across goal.
Danny Mills blasted the loose ball just over, while Jon Parkin blazed another late chance across the face of goal.
You can only wonder what kind of fee Swansea talisman Lee Trundle might command, the free-scoring striker proving his worth as early as the sixth minute last night when he threaded a great chance across goal for Paul Connor after some trademark trickery.
But the Highbury gaffer insists he would consider giving Mutu a second chance across London.
Music is close to Polynesian's hearts and you are sure to chance across a display of Polynesian dancing - complete with swaying grass skirts.
Music is close to Polynesians' hearts and you are sure to chance across a display of Polynesian dancing -complete with swaying grass skirts.
"Let's give British coaches a chance across the board.