Defining High Crimes And Misdemeanors | NBC News Now

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Danny Cevallos breaks down the legal case necessary to define “high crimes and misdemeanors” and explains how a Latin legal principle might give us more clarity. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News Digital is a col...



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These days, everybody has an opinion about impeachment. Well, fortunately, we have the constitution, it's all there in black and white. It should be crystal clear right, not exactly so from deep within our very real law library. Here we're gon na. Take you through the nitty-gritty of impeachment. Today'S topic, adju stem generis. The constitution says that high crimes and misdemeanors are impeacha ...
le offenses. But what does that even mean the framers? Didn'T give us any guidance, or did they there's a legal principle with a weird latin name? It'S called a juste m generis. It basically means that when you have a general term that follows a list of very specific terms, it's understood that that general term relatesback to the specific terms. This is a lot easier than it sounds. Imagine i tell you to go to the store and get me some skittles, some m & ms and some other good stuff. Well, would i expect reasonably for you to bring me back a lamborghini that is, after all, pretty good stuff.

Of course not you'd expect to bring back something that's similar to skittles and m & ms good stuff in this case is probably chocolate or some other candy. The complete phrase is that the president shall be removed for treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors. So if treason and bribery are crimes of corruption and abuse of the public office, it follows that impeachable offensessimilarly have to be abuses of that public office. It'S hard to imagine a purely personal crime by a president that doesn't somehow implicate his presidential power. If, for example, a president was jaywalking or shooting someone in the face on a hunting trip, well those might not be impeachable offenses because they're purely personal crimes. So, if we're struggling to determine whether the president's conduct is a high crime or misdemeanor, maybe we use a jew's d'ampton heiress to look also to treason or bribery. The president's conduct doesn't exactly have to be treason or bribery, but if it's similar enough, then it may be a hint that this is an impeachable offense, hey nbc news viewers, thanks forchecking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on Any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


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