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Glossary of mens rea

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mens rea
guilty mind, most crimes require the element of intent
nihil dicit
he says nothing, as in a default judgment against a defendant who does not raise a defense in the action
nil
nothing, of no account
nil debet
he owes nothing
nisi prius
unless before (used to distinguish the court where trial was held from the appellate court)
nolle prosequi
unwilling to prosecute; prosecutor's discretion not to file charges in a particular case
nolo contendere
I will not contest it
non
not
non assumpsit
plea in defense, that he did not promise
non compos mentis
not of sound mind

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