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Third Degree

A colloquial term used to describe unlawful methods of coercing an individual to confess to a criminal offense by overcoming his or her free will through the use of psychological or physical violence.

The least serious grade of a specific crime—the grades being classified by the law according to the circumstances under which the crime is committed—for which the least punishment specified by statute will be imposed.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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However, following the testimony, the jury convicted Rogers of the third-degree charge.
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According to The Associated Press, eight former co-workers, including Gosnell's wife, Pearl, earlier pleaded guilty to charges ranging from third-degree murder to racketeering to performing illegal late-term abortions.
As we show in this comment, their result is based on a fundamental mistake (they allow the addition of negative demanded quantities) and on a change in the social welfare function under uniform pricing in comparison with that function under third-degree price discrimination.
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Li and Liang were charged with third-degree bribery and face up to seven years in prison.
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