flagrante delicto

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Flagrante Delicto

[Latin, In the act of perpetrating the crime.]

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

flagrante delicto

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The two men challenging the law, John Lawrence and Tyron Gardner, were briefly jailed and fined $200 each after being caught flagrante delicto in Lawrence's unlocked apartment, which the police entered on a neighbor's false tip about an intruder.
Parrot thieves shot and wounded an agent of the Servicio de Proteteccion a la Naturaleza when he came upon them in flagrante delicto, within Laguna del Tigre.
As speculation spreads that the woman was murdered because her husband, an East Indian doctor, caught her in flagrante delicto, Cedric becomes increasingly obsessed with the idea that his wife is being unfaithful to him.
Piven gets two fine scenes: his wedding-rehearsal toast, which hails himself as the true love of Jon's life (there's lots of weird homophobia in the film, but this bit at least is funny), and his attempt to tackle Jon on Sara's front lawn to prevent him from seeing an apparently naked Sara in flagrante delicto through a window.
Bertrand (Michele Laroque), who are observed in flagrante delicto by a visiting Japanese delegation that is being shown around the condom factory.
People can't even be honest with themselves or the public when, after being caught in flagrante delicto, the most they will admit to is that their behavior was "inappropriate."
* San Francisco, California, where two district attorneys were found after hours in a conference room in tres flagrante delicto. It's 11 p.m.
Famed mobster Meyer Lansky obtained photos of Hoover and Tolson in flagrante delicto and held these over the director's head, threatening exposure should Hoover seek to meddle in Lansky's rackets.
"He was not arrested in flagrante delicto. He was arrested on the basis of the hot pursuit theory.
"It took us several months to collar him because we wanted to catch him in flagrante delicto or in the act of committing the crime and have hard evidence to stand in court.
The crime shall be regarded as flagrante delicto at the actual time of committing the crime, or a short time after committing it.
At the time, the government said the immunity had been circumvented because the crime was in flagrante delicto - or 'red-handed' - as the video was still online.