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What is malicious intent?

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The Law Dictionary demonstrates that the word "malice" itself is not just "ill will" but an "intentional" wrongful act against someone without a justified excuse, thereby defining "malicious intent." It is a violation of the law by someone that works to the prejudice of another person.

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What is malicious intent?
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According to Donald v. Brown, malicious intent can also be defined as an evil motive stemming from spite or personal hatred resulting in culpable recklessness and a complete disregard of the rights of the person defamed. A criminal act can be done willfully but still be done without "malicious intent." Related legal terms include "express malice," "implied malice," "constructive malice" and "legal malice."

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