MALICE AFORETHOUGHT

Can describe the process of calculation and premeditation before a crime, required before a conviction of first-degree murder in the U.S. or can be used to indicate a disorder or complex which progressively becomes worse.

MALICE AFORETHOUGHT: "During court cases, if it can be proven a defendant has malice aforethought, they considered the crime before committing it, they can be awarded the highest punishment - the death penalty."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "MALICE AFORETHOUGHT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/malice-aforethought/ (accessed November 27, 2020).
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