penal code


Definition of penal code

: a code of laws concerning crimes and offenses and their punishment

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Civil-rights groups supporting Gamble say the U.S. penal code has grown too vast. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Supreme Court Gamble," 5 Dec. 2018 However, Judge Connolly ruled that lawmakers’ did have the discretion to exclude daily fantasy sports contests from the anti-gambling section of the state’s penal code, which the 2016 law did. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Judge Deals a Blow to Fantasy Sports," 29 Oct. 2018 Many within the judicial system are skeptical that there can be a fundamental change in the way things operate without a wholesale overhaul of the penal code and the judiciary. Ernesto LondoÑo And Daniel Politi, New York Times, "Corruption Arrests in Argentina Raise Hope, and Skepticism," 8 Jan. 2018 Before Zia’s amendments, only 14 blasphemy cases had ever been recorded in Pakistan under the old colonial penal code, which included offenses against any religion and carried a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison. Madiha Afzal, Washington Post, "Malala is building more schools in Pakistan. That’s not likely to reduce support for extremism.," 7 Apr. 2018 Defending Iran’s record, Mr. Avaei said the government had thoroughly revised its penal code and criminal procedures to increase safeguards and rights of the accused. Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "Blacklisted Iranian Official Stirs Outrage at U.N. Human Rights Council," 27 Feb. 2018 The detentions come as President Mauricio Macri has vowed to upend Argentina’s culture of impunity in graft cases by reforming the penal code, making government contracting more transparent and carefully tracking the assets of public servants. Ernesto LondoÑo And Daniel Politi, New York Times, "Corruption Arrests in Argentina Raise Hope, and Skepticism," 8 Jan. 2018 According to the Texas penal code, the theft of money of more than $150,000 or less than $300,000 is a second degree felony. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Former Tomball race car driver charged with felony theft," 31 May 2018 In a statement, prosecutors said the crime of rebellion was comparable to that of high treason in Germany’s penal code. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Prosecutors in Germany Call For Extradition of Former Catalonian Separatist Leader," 3 Apr. 2018

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circa 1777, in the meaning defined above

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law : a set of laws relating to crimes and the punishments for those crimes

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: a code of laws concerning crimes and their punishments

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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