Capital crime

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Capital crime is a historical term for a particularly serious crime punishable by death . Today it is only used colloquially .

The name is derived from the Latin capitalis - German: "the head, the head ( caput ) related" - from. A capital crime is, in its word meaning, a main or head crime - one that can cost the head and lead to decapitation (beheading) or the death penalty . Another name was Maleficent händel for acts of a person for damage.

The term, however, has nothing to do with capital in the sense of money , so it is not used for white- collar crime . Since the term capital crime is no longer used in criminology and law today , there is no clear definition. The Duden defines a capital crime as a "serious crime such as murder , serious robbery or the like."

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