Rethinking Criminal Intent: Why ‘Mens Rea’ Matters

William R. Kelly

William R. Kelly

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
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