special circumstances

Definition of "special circumstances"
  1. Specific characteristics or actions in a criminal case that can result in harsher penalties, including the death penalty in certain states
How to use "special circumstances" in a sentence
  1. The defendant was charged with murder with special circumstances due to the additional crime of kidnapping.
  2. Because the crime involved the death of a prison guard, it was deemed murder with special circumstances.
  3. Her wanton disregard for life, as demonstrated by her tossing a bomb into a public place, classified her crime as one involving special circumstances.

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