void for vagueness doctrine


void for vagueness doctrine
A doctrine derived from the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution that requires criminal laws to be drafted in language that is clear enough for the average person to comprehend.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


void for vagueness doctrine
A doctrine derived from the due process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution that requires criminal laws to be drafted in language that is clear enough for the average person to comprehend.

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