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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.

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Chancy told the mayor he could save by paying for his prescription off his insurance, and the mayor contacted the insurance plan.
The author argues that the past can be objectively chancy in cases of backward causation, and defends a view of chance that allows for this.
Mark Chancy, vice chairman and head of the Consumer Segment, and Beau Cummins, corporate executive vice president and head of the Wholesale Segment, will become co-chief operating officers.
As part of the move, vice chairman and head of the Consumer Segment, Mark Chancy, and corporate executive vice president and head of the Wholesale Segment, Beau Cummins, will take charge as co-chief operating officers.
Finding bits and pieces for one is going to be chancy. You may have to haunt the internet like I do when looking for an oddball gun part.
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But I never realized just how fortunate I'd be when my buddy Chancy Walters and I jumped in our trusty minivan and headed to Kansas.
The coastal road connecting the city of Aden with that of Al-Mukalla has also shown to be eroded due to flashfloods, making it a chancy undertaking for relief trucks to get to the two cities, he said.
Our troops love their cell phones, iPads, tablets and other techno-goodies, but a common problem is chancy, erratic opportunities to charge them up, with people waiting for their turn at every outlet.
The devastating Haitian earthquake of January 12, 2010 reminded the world of the existence of a country that, despite the central role it played in revealing both the emancipatory potential and the intrinsic limitations of the Enlightenment project, has long been side-lined or, as Myriam Chancy puts it, relegated to "the margin of the margins" (p.
Michel Chancy, secretary of state for animal production with the ministry of agriculture, has been leading these efforts and sees the tree's additional value as fodder for livestock and poultry, as well as feed for fish farming.
Chancy, From Sugar to Revolution: Women's Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2012)