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It depends. What is meant by "abuse of power"? Based on Wikipedia's definition, abuse of power is necessarily criminal as it is "the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties." [emphasis added] But there are other definitions as well. BusinessDictionary defines abuse of power as: "the act ...


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High Crimes and Misdemeanors (the bigger category from which Abuse of Power was derived) was historically meant as a catch-all for any actions that could cause a peasant to believe that the monarchy was not morally/intellectually superior to the peasantry, and thus question the concept of Divine Right in early times, and the justification of the State and ...


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No, abuse of power is not necessarily criminal because abuse of power is a moral construct and something being criminal is a legalistic one. And that the law and morals are only loosely related to each other has been shown time and time again. However, a lot of specific types of "abuse of power" have been made illegal due to the fact that ideally law is ...


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