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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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2 "So this was the present, then," remarks the Malefactor during his first visit to the modern-day human world.
It describes the fate of two malefactors who are being transported through the streets of Siena on the way to the gallows in 1371.
Such characters as Irene Doyle, Malefactor (who will become Moriarty), Lestrade, and even a whiff of Watson all contribute to a feeling of authenticity.
The one was announced to be due to a factory defect and the other - due to the actions of a malefactor," Kirchev said.
Most nations abuse animals, but China, which I enormously admire in other ways, unfortunately remains a major malefactor.
Irene Doyle and Malefactor both reappear and play key roles.
When someone was driving him crazy, he would suggest that it might be good to invite the malefactor into said closet.
While Skotnicki's suggestion that "Christ himself is and must be treated as the malefactor" (73) is certainly Church tradition, it would appear more normative that in those horrific cases of offense that repulses even other criminals--thrill murderers, serial rapists, and child molesters--the malefactor we are dealing with is the Devil, with whom an evil partnership has been formed quite beyond that mundane pact with the criminal world made by the professional and habitual criminal largely motivated by economic gain.
The influence they have is exerted in being a malefactor of education and a promoter of alternative methods of acquiring income by associating African-Americans with gangs, drug-dealing, poverty, and success in sports.
Though bleeding profusely, Young then shot and killed the malefactor before he could drive off.
If you have to send a message to the malefactor, take him or her aside.
That is a palpable departure from a case of simple embezzlement, which can be carried out by a lone malefactor, notes Harvey Kelly, a partner in the New York-based corporate investigations practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.