Misprision, in law, any serious offense that has no specific name. The 18th-century English jurist Blackstone defined misprision as a crime less than, but bordering on, treason or felony. A positive misprision is the commission of an act that should not have been committed. A negative misprision is the concealment of something known by a person who has a legal obligation to reveal it. Misprision of treason or of felony is the concealment of knowledge of treason or of felony, without any assent to the crime; assent makes one a party or an accessory to the crime. The concept of misprision of felony is virtually obsolete. Misprision of treason is still a crime and is punished as treason.
In murder-mystery TV shows, detectives look for clues to find the killer. Part of that involves getting into the murderer's mind-set. What factors make it easier for one person to take the life of another?
Even if you've heard the term, you may not know how important habeas corpus is to the U.S. Constitution. How can an ancient Latin phrase for "you have the body" be so relevant today?