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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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Favor asking is categorized as a type of request indicating S's wish or need for R to offer some desired action that would not be provided without it being asked for (see e.g., Goldschmidt, 1998).
S and S's chief designer, Brendan Abbott, will continue to lead the design studio in Newport, Rhode Island.
States with separate-return filing rules: In a state that has separate-return filing rules, P first treats the distribution as dividend income to the extent of S's E&P, pursuant to Sec.
The white paper details the 5 S's of SaaS as speed, scale, service, syndication and substantiation and defines their impact on a hedge fund manager's drive for growth and credibility.
Remember that S is a wholly owned subsidiary of P, so P holds all of S's equity.
Given that Child S guarded her privacy very closely, why couldn't Child S's mother carry out these checks instead of a hospice nurse?
Mr Welch said: "Mrs S's credibility was shattered to pieces because what she said she was going to produce, she did not.
Customers who are members of S's loyalty programme, Voyager, will be able to earn miles and obtain tier status when travelling on Jet Airways using S-issued tickets.
Finally, it might be of interest to all concerned to note that, in the New English Bible, the possessive apostrophe for Jesus is s's as in, "he fell at Jesus's knees,".
I quote Lawrence Clark here when I think of what summarises Les' writings in the three S's: "The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say.
The hypnotic interventions utilized over 2 sessions included: ego-strengthening, symbol of peace, ideomotor signalling, positive suggestions regarding the S's hearing mechanism, and self-hypnosis.
(1) P will frequently be able to obtain immediate losses--and sometimes ordinary deductions--from the resulting deemed liquidation, without the bother of dissolving S, selling the entity or its assets to a third party, or otherwise altering S's ongoing business operations.