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CRIMINAL LAW OUTLINE TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION Overview of the Criminal Justice Process Makers of Criminal Law II. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS OF CRIMINAL LIABILITY The Conduct- Actus Reus The Voluntary Act Defenses Criminal Omissions The Mental State- Mens Rea MPC Levels Proving Mental Culpability Mistake of Fact Voluntary Intoxication Ignorance of Mistake of Law Statutory Interpretation Strict Liability III. CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON Homicide Intentional Killings Depraved Heart Murder Felony-Murder Heat of Passion Killings Extreme Emotional Disturbance Reckless Manslaughter Negligent Homicide Causation Rape IV. COMPLICITY Accomplice Liability V. INCHOATE OFFENSE Criminal Attempts Solicitation Conspiracy VI. DEFENSES Self Defense 1 Exam Tips - Begin with conclusion - Interpret the statute o Mention legislative history o Differences from NYPL and MPC - CAUSATION
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I. INTRODUCTION                                                                                                    Overview of the Criminal Justice Process - Power of the prosecutor- he decides whether or not to charge D and what to charge D with - Jury Nullification- jury is charged with instructions but 5 th amendment prevents double jeopardy. However, the judge may throw out a conviction if there wasn’t sufficient proof. Makers of Criminal Law II. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS OF CRIMINAL LIABILITY                                                                                                                                 The Conduct- Actus Reus                                                                              - P has the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that D acted voluntarily o P must have sufficient evidence - Actus reus includes both conduct and the harmful result. - Two types of crimes: o Result crimes: homicide, arson. o Conduct crimes: DWI. The Voluntary Act - The act must be voluntary (even if no required mens rea) o Martin : D is not guilty because police brought him in public while drunk - Involuntary acts: o Coerced acts o Unconscious o Accidents o Status- you can’t punish people for a status when they don’t act. Robinson : can’t be convicted for being addicted to drugs Powell v. Texas : Can’t punish for being an alcoholic, but can punish for being drunk in public voluntarily. - NYPL 15.10: Minimum requirement for criminal liability is a voluntary act or the omission to person an act which he is physically capable of performing. -
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