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Cja 343 Criminal Responsibility worksheet2

Cja 343 Criminal Responsibility worksheet2 - State of mind...

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State of mind goes to the requisite intent to commit the crime, if intent is required. It can also affect whether or not someone can stand trial. A person can have been sane when they committed a crime, but are now insane (or incompetent, either way) which prevents them from being tried for the crime until such time as their "disability" is cleared up. Criminal Capacity refers to the extent an individual can be held accountable for his actions. Individuals that cannot form the requisite intent or understanding to commit a crime in many cases cannot be held accountable for the crime committed.
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