rule of lenity

rule of len·​i·​ty
-ˈle-nə-tē
: a rule requiring that those ambiguities in a criminal statute relating to prohibitions and penalties be resolved in favor of the defendant when to do so would not be contrary to legislative intent

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“Rule of lenity.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/rule%20of%20lenity. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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