crime of conviction

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sleepymarmot

Senior Member
Italy - Italian
Hello everybody,
does someone know what is a crime of conviction?

The sentence deals with a rapist, a psychotic man.
He commits “crimes of conviction,” though without motive or understanding.

Thanks in advance.
Marmot
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    I've never heard of this. Google shows the phrase 'crime of conviction' used to mean "crime for which one is convicted", parallel to date of conviction and place of conviction, but that doesn't seem to fit your sentence.
     

    sleepymarmot

    Senior Member
    Italy - Italian
    Thank you Entangledbank, if the meaning is a "crime for which one is convicted", I think it fits!
     

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    If one is tried and found guilty, one is convicted. That is true of all crimes, so there is no sub-category of "crimes for which one is, or can be, convicted".

    I suspect that "crime of conviction" is similar to the term "conviction politician": a politician whose advocacy of a certain policy is based not on careful, rational, analysis, but on "gut feeling" and the conviction that they are right. Presumably this rapist is convinced that he is entitled to do what he does.

    I have studied law but I am not familiar with he term "crime of conviction".
     
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