Unformatted text preview: rea).
ctus reus refers to all elements of a crime that are not mental, including the
physical act that must be performed, the circumstances under which it must be
performed, and the consequences of the act.
ens rea, or mental fault, refers to all mental elements of a crime, either
subjective or objective. Most common law and some statutory crimes require
subjective fault. Some crimes only require objective fault, whereas other
statutory crimes require no fault at all.
statutory Criminal Law
ypes of subjective fault: purposeful, knowing, and reckless.
A person acts purposely, or intentionally, if his conscious goal is to
engage in a prohibited conduct or to cause a prohibited result. Murder
A person acts knowingly if he is aware that his conduct is prohibited,
and he realizes that a prohibited result is almost certain to occur. 2nd degree
A person acts recklessly if he consciously disregards a substantial and
unjustifiable risk that his conduct is prohibited or that it will cause the
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