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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) is a grifter and a wingnut, but is he possibly a felon too?Ethics Office Sees Evidence Republican Congressman Broke the Law|Ben Jacobs|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Burke and Schubert believe that adding to the list of felon profiles could close countless unsolved cases.Hunting for Long-Gone Serial Killers: Inside the Dead Man Talking Project|Christine Pelisek|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A felon or domestic batterer or disturbed person need only find a person with a clean background to buy a weapon for him.
Under that law a felon convicted of violent federal crimes for the third time would be sentenced to life in prison.
If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then maybe talk radio is the first refuge of felon.Jack Abramoff on His New Talk Radio Show, Lobbying Reform & More|Lloyd Grove|July 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A ‘political’ is not identified with the criminal any more than a debtor is identified with a felon in England.Russian Life To-day|Right Rev. Herbert Bury
It is the name of a felon—of one under doom of outlawry—whom all men are privileged to slay.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia|William Gilmore Simms
Constantine, return!Not so: the felon world its fate must bide.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series|John Addington Symonds
An' I'll have satisfaction out of him in the felon's dock of a court of law!Children of the Bush|Henry Lawson
The Attorney-General first proceeded to argue that an allowance of clergy did not make a felon convict a competent witness.State Trials Vol. 2 (of 2)|Various
British Dictionary definitions for felon (1 of 2)
Word Origin for felon
British Dictionary definitions for felon (2 of 2)
Word Origin for felon
Word Origin and History for felon
late 13c., from Old French felon "evil-doer, scoundrel, traitor, rebel, the Devil" (9c.), from Medieval Latin fellonem (nominative fello) "evil-doer," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Frankish *fillo, *filljo "person who whips or beats, scourger" (cf. Old High German fillen "to whip"); or from Latin fel "gall, poison," on the notion of "one full of bitterness."
Another theory (advanced by Professor R. Atkinson of Dublin) traces it to Latin fellare "to suck" (see fecund), which had an obscene secondary meaning in classical Latin (well-known to readers of Martial and Catullus), which would make a felon etymologically a "cock-sucker." OED inclines toward the "gall" explanation, but finds Atkinson's "most plausible" of the others.