Rethinking Criminal Intent: Why Mens Rea Matters

In order for the government to legally prosecute, convict and punish someone, in most cases it  must prove that the person committed the criminal act (known as actus reus) and that he or she  committed that act with criminal intention (mens rea). There are a variety of terms used to describe mens rea, including moral blameworthiness, a guilty mind, an evil mind, conscious will, or willful action.

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Rethinking Criminal Intent: Why Mens Rea Matters

In order for the government to legally prosecute, convict and punish someone, in most cases it  must prove that the person committed the criminal act (known as actus reus) and that he or she  committed that act with criminal intention (mens rea). There are a variety of terms used to describe mens rea, including moral blameworthiness, a guilty mind, an evil mind, conscious will, or willful action.

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