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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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Labour justice spokesman and former police chief, Graeme Pearson MSP, added: "Obviously the level of incidents of fireraising over this period is a serious concern.
Despite this, prison officers said Watson had "adapted well" to life in Saughton, where he will serve his 16-month sentence for wilful fireraising.
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The recent surge in anti-Muslim crime includes fireraising and physical, verbal and online abuse.
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LABOUR Lord Mike Watson dodged cameramen before denying two charges of wilful fireraising yesterday.
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