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Etymology: L, crimen
any act that violates a law and may have criminal intent.


The act or intent (i.e., mens rea) of violating or breaking the law, or helping others to. Crimes are offences against society which may be punished by the state.

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Q. Does anyone have information on Bipolar "blackouts" or know what they're really called? My boyfriend is bipolar and experienced a blackout a few weeks ago during which he did something completely out of character. A crime was committed and he has since been arrested. He's having trouble coping as he has no memory of the crime. He was on Wellbuterin and a doctor prescribed steroids and vicodin for a crushed disc. The chemicals may have led him into this blackout. He is a wonderful loving person and is now facing a life sentence for this terrible thing that happened that he had no conscious control over. They will not continue his medications in jail and he is not receiving mental or medical treatment. Is there anyone out there that can help me find some answers?

A. i never heard of such thing. but there are strange results sometimes from mixing drugs that affect the central nervous system. here is for instance a web page talking about interactions between Vicodin and Wellbutrin.

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The Coast Guard, along with its law enforcement partners at the federal, state and local level, are actively working to make sure all of the individuals who are involved with this illegal activity are brought to justice," Jenkins said.
In the other incident at Coochbehar, around 30-40 miscreants involved in illegal activity attacked a BSF jawan with bamboo sticks and dahs, when challenged by him.
He said operations will take place throughout the year, reaching inaccessible parts of the county's countryside to stop substantial environmental and habitat damage caused by such illegal activity and protect the natural beauty of Powys.
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) is a highly effective tool which roots out criminals using the road networks to further their illegal activity.
It applies to prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and administrative and criminal sanctions for fraud and all other illegal activity affecting the respective financial interests of the contracting parties, as well as to the seizure and recovery of amounts due or wrongly received as a result of illegal activities.
As the illegal activity surrounding diamonds and jewelry increases on several fronts, including street-level and organized crime, and converges with the criminal element seeking to exploit the growing Canadian diamond industry, law enforcement finds itself with an even greater challenge.
In an effort to step up the pressure to end file-sharing, the RIAA and MPAA sent letters to 40 colleges and universities (no word on which ones) in 25 states last month, warning them that illegal activity had been detected at their schools.
Its announced intent is to help federal authorities enforce existing laws, and its approach of reporting illegal activity to authorities is more akin to neighborhood watches, though there is the danger that agents provocateurs could attempt acts of violence for the purpose of discrediting the group.
Detective Superintendent Pete Monroe, head of the Economic Crime Unit, the team of detectives and financial investigators responsible for investigating and seizing assets from criminals in the West Midlands, said: 'The majority of criminals are motivated by money, sometimes gaining quite a lifestyle through their illegal activity.
There is no shortage of policy options available for controlling this illegal activity, but what is still lacking in most cases is the political will to carry them out.