Corpus Delicti - Corpus Delicti Corpus Delicti is Latin and...

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Corpus Delicti Corpus Delicti is Latin and translates to body of the crime. It is used in criminal justice as a legalese term which not only apples to physical aspects of a body in a crime. A misunderstanding is what seems to be, there is a corpus delicti in arson, robbery, tax evasion and of every criminal offense. Corpus Delicti has elements as well as concepts to explain it and how it works. It can also be used to mean any material evidence of a crime or objective proof in a criminal case. This meaning proof of a crime must be shown so that there may be a conviction of the person being accused of the crime. An example could be if a person is convicted of grand theft auto, then the corpus delicti would be the vehicle that was stolen or evidence grand theft auto was attempted. In a murder case then the corpus delicti of that crime would be the dead body of the victim. The concept of corpus Delicti was established to protect the person accused of unjustly being convicted of a crime they did not do. In the past there were cases where people were put all
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course CJ 256 taught by Professor Mabry during the Spring '08 term at Sam Houston State University.

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Corpus Delicti - Corpus Delicti Corpus Delicti is Latin and...

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