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Analytical_Framework_CrimLaw - Criminal Law Dermot Groome...

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Criminal Law – Dermot Groome Fall 2006 General Analytical Framework 1. Elements of a Crime (Mode of liability = sole ∆ committing a completed crime) a. Objective Elements –conduct, circumstance, result i. Identify the objective elements of the crime 1. Is it a conduct element? i. Has the ∆ personally engaged in the prohibited conduct? ii. Or has someone whose conduct will be imputed to the ∆ engaged in the prohibited conduct? 1. Test for complicity [See Below] iii. * Is the ∆ responsible because of omitting to do something? 1. Test for omission liability [§2.01] a. Must have a legal duty b. Is it a possessory crime? [§2.01(4)] 2. Is it a circumstance element? i. Is the status of the victim a circumstance element? 1. Age of victim, for example 3. Is it a result element? i. Are the prohibited acts that the ∆ is responsible for the legal cause of the result element? Causation [§ 2.03] ii. * Test for causation: 1. Is there factual causation (factual/ but for )? 2. Is there proximate causation (normative/ fair to hold responsible under circumstances )? a. Remoteness b. Foreseeability c. Accident d. Volitional acts of victims e. Volitional acts of 3 rd parties 3. Is P&K required as to the result? a. Is the victim or property different? Does transferred intent apply? [§2.03(2)(a)] OR b. Is the actual harm less than the intended harm? [§2.03(3) (a)] OR 1
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Criminal Law – Dermot Groome Fall 2006 c. Is the harm similar to what the statute seeks to prevent and not too remote to be unjust? [§2.03(2)(b)] 4. Is R&N required as to the result? a. Is the victim or property different? Does transferred intent apply? [§2.03(3)(a)] OR b. Is the actual harm less than the probable harm? [§2.03(3) (a)] OR c. Is the harm similar to what the statute seeks to prevent and not too remote to be unjust? [§2.03(2)(b)] 4. * Does the statute have a problem of interpretation? [§1.02] a. Different language = different meaning b. “catch-all” phrases are limited by factor that is common to the list. c. A clear expression of something excludes others by implication d. The specific takes precedence over the generic e. The later controls the earlier 2
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Criminal Law – Dermot Groome Fall 2006 b. Subjective Elements i. Identify the subjective elements of the crime 12/13/2006 Prof Groome: Criminal Law: Review number 1 11 Criminal Law Doctrines and Rules Should have been aware  of a probable result  Should have been aware  of the substantial  likelihood that certain  circumstances exist Gross deviation from the  standard of care of a  reasonable person. Negligently Consciously aware of a  probable result Consciously disregards  the substantial likelihood  that certain  circumstances exist Gross deviation from the  conduct of a reasonable  person. Recklessly
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