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Old 08-25-2010, 12:13 PM
qpw3141 qpw3141 is offline
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Originally Posted by Giles View Post
Originally Posted by qpw3141 View Post

Not according to a certain Website.
While the distinction made in that article might be a useful one, I don't think that it's made by everyone in practice. My copy of Black's Law Dictionary has:
illegal, adj. Forbidden by law; unlawful. ...

unlawful, adj. 1. Not authorized by law; illegal. ... 2. Criminally punishable. ... 3. Involving moral turpitude.
Only the second definition of "unlawful" mentions the criminal element.
I'm not even sure it's ever useful given the number of people who have zilch idea of the difference between civil and criminal law.

I was just checking to see if there was some obsolete or arcane difference and thought the source of the linked article amusing.