good moral character

good moral character
A quality which varies according to the particular circumstances, and from one generation to another; conduct which comports with a good character; a character which measures up as good among the people of the community, that is, up to the standard of the average citizen. Anno: 22 ALR2d 250, § 3. Character evidenced by conduct which conforms to the generally accepted moral conventions current at the time. Anno: 22 ALR2d 250, § 3. An habitual violator of the law, "especially the laws regulating the conduct of the liquor traffic," is not a person of good moral character, no matter how honest he may be in business or clean in his private life. Whissen v Furth, 73 Ark 366, 84 SW 500. Even a single lapse from marital fidelity by an applicant for naturalization is not, in the absence of extenuating circumstances, consistent with the requirement of five years of unbroken "good moral character," and the burden of proof of the extenuating circumstance rests upon the applicant. Johnson v United States (CA2 NY) 186 F2d 588, 22 ALR2d 240.

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