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accessory

one who assists in the commission of a crime

affidavit

a signed statement in a legal procceeding

amnesty

general pardon by a government

cartel

an international business association

currency

money in circulation

deposition

signed testimony by someone who will not or cannot appear in court

depreciation

decline in value

filibuster

a long speech designed to delay legislative action

incumbent

currently serving in office

inventory

goods currently in stock

litigation

lawsuits

negligence

failure (usually, failure to protect)

perpetrator

one who commits a crime

probate

certification of a will

prosecution

the act of bringing an offender before the law

recidivism

repeated criminal behavior

referendum

a vote directly by the people

revenue

income (often a government's income from taxes)

secession

a breaking away of one part of a government unit for the purpose of becoming politically independent

subsidy

money given in a support of a cause of industry

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