lenity lenity


  • (n) mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant



  1. "Ambiguity concerning the ambit of criminal statutes," Justice Ginsburg explained, quoting a prior Court decision, "should be resolved in favor of lenity."
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Source: Lexology (registration)

  2. And because of this Justice Scalia wrote "under a long line of our decisions, the tie must go to the defendant. The rule of lenity requires ambiguous criminal laws to be interpreted in favor of the defendants subjected to them."
    on Jan 6, 2008 By: Antonin Scalia Source: FOXNews

  3. His legal reasoning, Blackmun wrote, "is consistent with the relative weights of the respective interests involved, with the lessons and examples of medical and legal history, with the lenity of the common law, and with the demands of the profound...
    on May 26, 2009 By: Harry Blackmun Source: CBS News

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