Possible ID Terms for Exam

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Possible ID Terms for Exam #1 Mens Rea – “guilty mind”; intent to commit the criminal act; mental element of crime; if there is no mens rea, there is no crime o 4 types of Mens Rea: Purposefulness – did act for purpose of accomplishing x Knowledge – to commit x knowingly (for different purpose) Recklessness – create a conscious condition of high risk Negligence – especially in a duty of care; creation of high risk but offender is not conscious of it Corpus Delecti – “body of the corpse”; body of evidence Actus Reus – criminal intent must be carried out or actually committed voluntarily for it to be a crime; did the accused voluntarily move his or her body to set the crime into motion? Concurrence – mens rea set the criminal act in motion co-existing with actus reus (a union of the two) General Intent – a matter of conscious wrong doing from which a prohibited result follows though it was not desired; unintended result Specific Intent – when one can gather from the circumstances of the crime that the offender must have consciously and subjectively desired the prohibited result Model Penal Code – a model to systematically lay out what it means to be culpable for a crime Causation – the result is not caused by the accused but by other circumstances apart from their control o Deterministic – to say that x causes y is to say that x is a set of individually necessary and jointly sufficient to cause y o Attributive – several factors lead to the result but emphasize the more important factor (choose the factor) o Probalistic – we can’t say one thing causes another but it’s a probalistic cause (ex. Drinking and violence – violence is not always caused with drinking but sometimes drinking is a factor) o Predisposing – some things might predispose someone to commit crimes (not deterministic)
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The presence of x makes it more likely for y to occur than if x were not present (ex: intelligence – those with higher IQs commit less crimes) Murder – the killing of someone with malice aforethought o 1. Intent to kill unlawfully o 2. Serious bodily harm o 3. Commit a felony subject to felony murder rule o 4. Create a greater than reckless circumstance for death o 5. Resisting a lawful arrest by killing First Degree Murder – most severe; subject to capital punishment; deliberate or premeditated (premeditation is a “guiltier mind”) o Felony murder is often 1 st degree – arson, rape, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, sexual molestation of a child, mayhem o Categories: killing a judge, police officer, or juror Second Degree Murder – not premeditated and less deliberate; a “catch all”—not first degree murder and not manslaughter Manslaughter – all homicides not justified or excused or not murder
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course POLI SCI 452 taught by Professor Downs during the Spring '07 term at Wisconsin.

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