anotherlongshot (anotherlongshot) wrote,

Absence of mens rea

The basic principle of criminal law is that a person cannot be punished for a crime when he didn't have the intention to commit it.

That is why criminal negligence doesn't strictly fall into the confines of criminal law; that is why some find criminal negligence controversial.

Mens rea + actus reus = crime.

That is all.

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