malicious mischief

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Malicious Mischief

Willful destruction of Personal Property of another, from actual ill will or resentment towards its owner or possessor. Though only a Trespass at the Common Law, it is now a misdemeanor in most states.

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

malicious mischief

in Scots criminal law, the crime of damaging another's property. It requires a deliberate disregard of the other's property rights, so cannot be committed accidentally. ‘Damage'has been widely construed. See VANDALISM.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF. This expression is applied to the wanton or reckless destruction of property, and the willful perpetration of injury to the person. Alis. Prin. 448; 3 Dev. & Batt. 130; 8 Leigh, 719; 5 Ired. R. 364; 8 Port. 447; 2 Metc. 21; 3 Greenl. 177.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The complaint asked the Office of the Ombudsman to hold the respondents liable for theft, malicious mischief, violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials, grave misconduct, grave neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.
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