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at common lawcommon law,
system of law that prevails in England and in countries colonized by England. The name is derived from the medieval theory that the law administered by the king's courts represented the common custom of the realm, as opposed to the custom of local jurisdiction that
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, the malicious and willful burning of the house of another. Originally, it was an offense against the security of habitation rather than against property rights. Thus, a tenant could not be convicted of arson for burning the house that he rented from his landlord. Although this rule still holds in some states of the United States, in many others statutes have changed the meaning of the offense. Its application has been extended to buildings, structures, and vehicles that are not dwelling places, and greater stress has been placed on protection of property rights. Some statutes distinguish several degrees of arson, e.g., arson committed at night is considered more serious than arson committed in the daytime. In most states setting fire to one's own property to defraud an insurance company is specified as arson.

arson

Criminal law the act of intentionally or recklessly setting fire to another's property or to one's own property for some improper reason
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Over the last couple of months arsonists have renewed attacks on vehicles across Wrexham, including a police car torched in Caia Park and seven vehicles set alight during a spate in Hightown.
While it understood there are presently no convicted arsonists being tracked in this way, Corrections Minister Wade Noonan said GPS technology was still "a valuable tool in monitoring high-risk offenders".
Radical Jewish settler supporters in the Israeli Cabinet, like Naftali Bennett and housing minister Uri Ariel, are arsonists.
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Investigators believe arsonists set fire to two armchairs in the entrance hall of a block of flats in Fairwood Road, Fairwater, Cardiff.
The best thing we could do is scare the arsonist away," said Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park.
Manama: Rioters and arsonists were pardoned yesterday by Bahrain's king as part of 225 convicts and suspects who were included in a royal amnesty.
That's the defiant message from determined Kirkheaton cricketers after their scoreboard was set alight by arsonists who also destroyed all their ground maintenance equipment.
The bill would require arsonists to register annually with the local jurisdiction in which they live, work and attend school.
Arnold Schwarzenegger today spoke of the arsonists who set killer brushfire blazes in California: "We will hunt down the people that are responsible for that.
ARSONISTS who struck at a house in Swansea were yesterday being hunted by police.