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Unformatted text preview: any criminal intent to be called into question on behalf of Morissette. Descision: Citing numerous requisite cases the ruling was reversed. Reasoning: It was found that Morissette was not acting with any criminal intent or any other understanding of Mens Rea. It was decided that although Morissette should surely have exercised more restraint and followed through with the government before taking the property it was not a guilty minded action. The justices also stated that the jury should have been allowed to consider such mind set on the part of Morissette in the original case proceedings. Common Law must have Mens Rea. Strict Liability crimes do not require Mens Rea for crimes such as Statutory Rape and it...
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course LWSO 100 taught by Professor Cranor during the Fall '08 term at UC Riverside.
- Fall '08