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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Word of the Week


Although it sounds like an impromptu song, chance-medley is an archaic term from criminal law that refers to a killing during a sudden fight. When the killing is not judged to be in self-defense, then the crime was known as manslaughter by chance-medley. Originally, the term applied to the the fight itself -- it is meant to convey the sense of a sudden and unexpected brawl. (See Random House Webster's Dictionary of the Law).