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Premeditate

To think of an act beforehand; to contrive and design; to plot or lay plans for the execution of a purpose.

Premeditation refers to the decision to plan to commit a crime, generally murder. A premeditated murder is thought out beforehand, but no specific length of time is needed for premeditation.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Summary: Defendant gets life term after premeditatedly murdering victim who wanted sex with him
Prosecutors accused him of premeditatedly murdering the victim and attempting to kill another worker.
Prosecutors accused the suspects of premeditatedly killing the victim by attacking him with two axes.
Carried out premeditatedly and in conspiracy with other public authorities, it becomes mass murder, which, if left unabated and unchecked, can escalate into a crime against humanity under international law,' De Lima warned.
An eyewitness reiterated that the settler "premeditatedly" ran over the workers.
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Sharjah, July 12 (ANI): The 'Sharjah Sharia Court of First Instance' has convicted an Indian man and sentenced him to death for premeditatedly beating another man to death.
Indeed, the climate that preceded the match and will persist until the decisive day in Umm Durman has shown the peoples as well as the officials of the two countries as if they had all premeditatedly chosen this confrontation.
Last month, the Dubai Court of Appeal overturned the 10-year imprisonment against Francis Matthew, 62, and lengthened his sentence to 15 years in jail, after convicting him of premeditatedly murdering his 63-year-old compatriot wife in the couple's residence in Umm Suqueim.
The Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court has sentenced a housemaid to three years in prison after she was found guilty of premeditatedly setting fire in the house of her Emirati sponsor.
Crying foul over defeat in General Elections 2018, Ghani claimed that voters' ratio was curbed premeditatedly. He alleged, 'Ballot papers of PPP and other political outfits were put out of the ballot boxes while those of 'specific party' were inserted inside the ballot boxes'.
In 2002, the Dubai Court of First Instance jailed the accused for life for premeditatedly killing the Uzbek woman by asphyxiating her and throwing her body in Al Jaddaf area.