Mens Rea

An insight into the criminal mind.

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

Honore de Balzac

mens rea
/ˌmɛnz ˈriːə/
noun
LAW
the intention or knowledge of wrongdoing that constitutes part of a crime, as opposed to the action or conduct of the accused.
“a mistaken belief in consent meant that the defendant lacked mens rea”
actus reus
/ˌaktəs ˈreɪəs/
noun
LAW
action or conduct which is a constituent element of a crime, as opposed to the mental state of the accused.
“failure to prevent death may be the actus reus of manslaughter”

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