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someone who assists in the commission of a crime and, unlike a mere accessory, is usually present or directly aids in the crime.
to do away with a problem, such as a public or private nuisance or some structure built contrary to public policy.
to intentionally and permanently give up, surrender, leave, desert or relinquish all interest or ownership in property, a home or other premises, a right of way, and even a spouse, family, or children.
under-age people accused of crimes who are processed through a juvenile court and juvenile detention or prison facilities.
a second-string player who helps in the commission of a crime by driving the getaway car, providing the weapons, assisting in the planning, providing an alibi, or hiding the principal offender after the crime.
a system of developing a city or county plan in which various geographic areas (zones) are restricted to certain uses and development.
speeding up the time when there is vesting (absolute ownership) of an interest in an estate, when the interest in front of it is terminated earlier than expected.
a person who signs an affidavit and swears to its truth before a notary public or some person authorized to take oaths, like a County Clerk.
a name used other than the given name of a person or reference to that other name, which may not be an attempt to hide his/her identity
the proper way to address a judge in court.
the final closing of a meeting, such as a convention, a meeting of the board of directors, or any official gathering.
growing or adding to, such as interest on a debt or investment which continues to accumulate.
-the criminal taking away of a person by persuasion (convincing someone-particularly a minor or a woman-he/she is better off leaving with the persuader), by fraud, or by open force or violence.