year-and-a-day rule

Definition of "year-and-a-day rule"
  1. A principle from traditional law which suggests that a defendant cannot be held accountable for murder if the victim survives for longer than a year and a day following the inflicted harm
How to use "year-and-a-day rule" in a sentence
  1. The defense attorney invoked the year-and-a-day rule when the victim succumbed to injuries 13 months after the incident.
  2. After the victim survived for 14 months, the year-and-a-day rule meant the defendant could no longer be charged with homicide.
  3. Thanks to the year-and-a-day rule, the defendant was not held responsible for the death, as the victim survived more than a year following the injury.

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