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Synonyms for lenity

kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others

Synonyms for lenity

mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

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Same as the avoidance canon in form, the rule of lenity could hardly be more different in operation.
415, 429 (2009) (debating whether legislative history could be applied to clarify a statute before the rule of lenity would be applied).
Accordingly, and as recognized by the rule of lenity, the government
207) This view of the canons takes in those rules of construction, like the rule of lenity or the presumption against preemption, (208) that point to specific constitutional principles, because those canons harmonize new laws with those principles without forcing an evaluation of actual constitutional conflict.
113) The treatise maintains "that the rule of lenity is underused in modern judicial decision-making--perhaps the consequence of zeal to smite the wicked.
3d at 863 (invoking the rule of lenity in declining to extend CFAA to violations of a website's terms of use); United States v.
68) The lenity of the remedy becomes even clearer in light of an additional order which allowed the Herald Sun to continue to make the offending newspaper articles available 'for historical or archival purposes', provided that the publication was accompanied by the required corrective notice.
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT RULE AS RULE OF LENITY IV.
necessitate the judge's lenity, the penalty may be changed".
Rather, those cases avoid the due process question, sometimes invoking the rule of lenity, by reading a mens rea requirement into otherwise silent or ambiguous statutes.
The rule of lenity and principles of federalism both support the idea that NOTA section 301 should be read narrowly, as allowing (by not prohibiting) state-benefit programs.
164) Finding a "grievous ambiguity," the court implemented the rule of lenity.
The majority opinion also invoked the rule of lenity, which requires that statutes that impose a penalty be interpreted in favor of more lenient punishment.
As for Eisenhower, "you must judge with the utmost lenity, his position is nearly impossible.