malice aforethought

Definition of "malice aforethought"
  1. A mental state demonstrating intent to kill or inflict serious harm, or complete disregard for human life, necessary for first-degree murder
How to use "malice aforethought" in a sentence
  1. The prosecutor argued that the suspect acted with malice aforethought when committing the murder.
  2. The judge explained that malice aforethought is necessary to prove first-degree murder.
  3. Malice aforethought was proven as the defendant showed a complete disregard for human life.

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