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n. slang for a criminal defendant's previous record of criminal charges, convictions, or other judicial disposal of criminal cases (such as probation, dismissal or acquittal). Only previous felony convictions can be introduced into evidence. However, the record of "priors" can have an impact on sentencing, as with prior drunk driving convictions requiring mandatory jail sentences, and "three strikes, you're out," providing for extended sentences for the third felony conviction.

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William Forrester and Jo Coles took over the priory on June 26 and William said they felt the church needed to be used on a more regular basis by the public.
"We are paranormal investigators and had hoped to have a look around the Priory," explained George.
"Seeing this first phase of investment, which is the largest single investment the hospital has received for a number of years is very exciting for all of us at The BMI Priory Birmingham," he said.
To take part, you can buy tickets from Priory Visitor Centre, open Thursday to Sunday or search for A Night at the Museums on Wednesday, October 25 at
As a result of the CMA's acceptance of Acadia's undertakings, Acadia's acquisition of Priory will not be referred for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.
Ian Harrison held his nerve to win the next to make it 4-2 and put Priory well under pressure with two to play.
Priory is the largest independent provider of mental healthcare, specialist care and education services in the UK, offering a broad range of services in the field of acute psychiatry, secure long-term rehabilitation and specialist education.
The contract will see Priory provide up to 30 places for children across the five homes, as well as services for other children in council care.
While the precise valuation of Priory Group after a flotation is said to be unclear, previous reports indicated that it is expected to be more than GBP1bn.
Surrey club Colets secured a surprise victory in the other men's semi-final over Nottingham but succumbed to Priory's superior strength in depth in the final, losing 4-0.
performances of Priory Tales will take place at the historic site on Thursday and Friday, April 9 & 10, with two performances a night.