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.

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.

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.

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