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Daily Legalese: Locus Delicti

Welcome to a new feature of my blog, the Daily Legalese. The language of law has evolved over the centuries and is made up of words and phrases based in Latin and French, as well as English. Every day, or as close to it as possible, I'm going to select a word or phrase, sometimes randomly, sometimes not, and post a definition and occasionally my own notes. Some of the words will be archaic, while others will be topical and in prominent use today. Today's inaugural phrase is:

locus delicti -- Latin for "place of the wrong." It refers to the place where an offense was committed; the place where the last event necessary to make the actor liable occurred. See Black's Law Dictionary 959 (8th Ed. 2004).


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