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LAWLESS. Without law; without lawful control.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This came following the insistence of the mentioned organization to carry out its activities lawlessly, despite the constant notices, issued from the concerned parties, that the organization is functioning outside the law and against the constitution since its foundation, and despite their invitations to rectify its situation according to laws and regulations applicable in this area.
in Congress assembled), Democrats turn utterly silent when the president lawlessly tries to do so by executive fiat.
Libyan traffic policemen are concerned about their safety and rights as armed men and militias are acting lawlessly and the law enforcing personnel cannot stop them.
(76) From this viewpoint, federal courts would act "lawlessly" and violate constitutional due process if they declined to follow state law in such circumstances.
These latter elements imply the absence of a governmental head--a white aristocratic Southern slaveholder who can control these African American bodies, whether they be slaves fleeing to the North or a powerful single slave who lawlessly takes up residence, establishing himself in this formerly white-controlled space.
As Abizadeh (11) correctly notes, since the coercion imposed to non-citizens is not legally defined, states can coerce the non-citizens lawlessly and without owing them any kind of duties of justice.
"If the answer is no, then the state board has been acting lawlessly against the monks and other entrepreneurs for years."
"It is deeply worrying that the seven Iranians invited to Libya to discuss co-operation in the humanitarian field have been lawlessly abducted and held", the group stressed.
Lawlessly, it includes controlling essential resources, air space, Gaza's coastal waters, borders, who's allowed to cross them, political, economic, and financial activities, internal movement, public assembly and speech, Palestine's population registry, private property by seizures or demolition, and, of course, land.
From this perspective, the question of whether the executive should enforce and defend these statutes is not the broad one of whether the president is a constitutional interpreter--for he must be--or whether he acts lawlessly when his constitutional views diverge from those of the courts--for he does not.
Thompson was part of the masked gangs that "roamed lawlessly" through the streets of Croydon last August.
But it does enable them to counter accusations that they are behaving opportunistically or lawlessly.