moral turpitude

moral turpitude
Baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellowmen or to society in general. Huff v Anderson, 212 Ga 32, 90 SE2d 329, 52 ALR2d 1310; Re Henry, 15 Idaho 755, 99 P 1054; State v Malusky, 59 ND 501, 230 NW 735, 71 ALR 190. Something immoral in itself, irrespective of the fact that it is punished by law. Ex parte Mason, 29 Or 18, 43 P 651. The term "crime involving moral turpitude" as found in the Immigration Act connotes something more than "illegal" or "criminal". It implies an act which is contrary to the accepted and customary standard of right and duty between man and man prevailing in the United States. The test is not dependent upon a classification between felonies and misdemeanors nor upon a distinction between infamous and not infamous offenses. Jordan v DeGeorge, 341 US 223, 95 L Ed 886, 71 S Ct 703, reh den 341 US 956, 95 L Ed 1377, 71 S Ct 1011.

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