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Unformatted text preview: Crime and Judicial Inequality 31/03/2008 10:02:00 ← A. What is Crime? • Legal description : no act is a crime unless it is defined as a crime. if law states something is a crime, then it is a crime. It depends on who is in power and who defines what is right and what is wrong. • Intentional act : if you can prove that it was an accident then it is not a crime. • Violation of written criminal law : you have to break pre-written laws • Committed without defense • Penalized by the state : state must create a penalty to go along with a crime ← B. Characteristics • Geographical Location : one particular act may be a crime in one particular area but may not be a crime in another area. The act itself is not a crime, it is the definition of the standards that makes it a crime. Ex: the drinking age differs • Time Dimension : Crimes for blacks during slavery and the 1960s are no longer crimes. Crimes related to sexual harassment against women did not exist before. crimes....
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2008 for the course ISS 215 taught by Professor Lang during the Spring '06 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '06