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presence of marijuana in his car or not was left to the judge. If the accused knew about the presence of the substance in the car, he would be guilty of the crime, but the jury was concerned that a lack of knowledge could be deemed a result of deliberate ignorance. Issue The issue was whether ignorance could be used as a defense in the criminal prosecution. The state can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that if though Jewell did not know about the presence of drugs in his car, his ignorance was entirely and solely his fault.
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Surname 2 Rule of Law Jewell argued that criminal intent was required for him to be charged with the offense. The United States law states that deliberate ignorance is indicative of positive knowledge and reflects avoidance. In this case, for a conscious purpose to be formed to justify the avoidance of knowledge argument, one must possess a high belief that the accused must have suspected the presence of drug in the car. The jury’s decision upheld the view that Jewell could be convicted if he did not know that his car contained marijuana. Conclusion Jewell’s appeal to instruct the jury that he must have a positive knowledge regarding the presence of marijuana in his car, in order to be convicted was declined by the circuit court’s trial judge. Jewell appealed the verdict and the court of appeal held that a statute could only be used if evidence about Jewell being aware of the drug in his vehicle is provided. The case concluded that deliberate ignorance is deemed similar to having knowledge.
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  • Spring '16
  • Law, Jewell, Jewell Case

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