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Criminal Law Quiz 2

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principals
(1st or 2nd degree) perpetrator in commission of crime
accessory after the fact
conceals or protects offender after commission of crime
actus reus
wrongful act; the act of the criminal
act of omission
failure to act. Must be legal duty to act (due to relationship, statutory duty, or by contract).
administrative act
ie: not registering with parole board
actual possession
v
constructive possession
ap: under direct control

cp: has the power and intention to control something either directly or through another person.
mens rea
"guilty mind"; criminal intent
motive
impulse, incentive or reason for certain behavior
What constitutes a crime?
concurrence of the mens rea and the actus reus. An evil intention and an unlawful action.
general intent
intent to do an act, but not necessarily to cause the results that occurred (ie: willfully and unlawfully setting fire to a building)
specific intent
a mental purpose to accomplish a particular result beyond the act itself.
strict liabililty offense
actus reus, wrongful act alone...resulting in harm (many mala prohibita offenses) ie: sale of alcohol or cigarettes to minors.
causation
an act the causes an event (used most commonly in homicide offenses).
accomplice
those that give aid or comfort to principal
aiding and abetting
assenting to an act or lending countenance or approval, either by active participation in ot or by encouraging it in some manner.
inchoate offense
taking steps in order to complete a crime (the step itself isn't a crime)
3 types: attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy
attempt
(most frequently charged) an overt act that constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of a crime.
target crime
intended offense
defense(s) to crimes of attempt
legal impossibility- even if the act was accomplished, the accomplished act isn't against the law

factual impossibility is not a defense. The fact that a pick-pocket wasn't able to steal your wallet because the pocket was empty....
solicitation
one counsels, solicits or incites another to commit a crime (even if the crime isn't committed)
the actus reus is the request, command, or enticement.
merges into the target crime if actually committed (ie: accessory before the fact)
only defense is a voluntary and complete renunciation of the crime
conspiracy
two or more persons agreeing to accomplish an unlawful act, or two or more persons using an unlawful act to accomplish a lawful objective. the agreement is the actus reus.
It doesn't merge into the target crime. Its a separate and distinct crime (with the exception of Wharton's Rule)
defense: if something was done to stop the act
Pinkerton Rule
Conspirators are agents of one another. They are bound by the actions of the other agents.
Wharton's Rule
offenses that only require and involve only two people (incest, bigamy, adultery...)
premeditation
malice aforethought
voluntary manslaughter
intentional killing without malice or premeditation; usually occurs during a sudden quarrel or heat of passion
involuntary manslaughter
unintentional killing as the result of gross or wanton negligence
justifiable homicide
killing another in self-defense or defense of others when threatened by death or great bodily injury to self or others....authorized by law
excusable homicide
caused by accident or misfortune
first-degree murder
highest classification; true intent to kill, and usually requires malice aforethought.
felony murder
unintentional killing while committing or attempting to commit common-law felonies (burglary, arson, rape, robbery)
second-degree murder
unlawful homicide with no malice aforethought, not in conjunction with other felonies, and not manslaughter. "depraved mind or heart"... regardless of human life
3 Prosecutorial Burdens in Homicides
1 victim must have been alive 2 actions must have caused the death 3 death must occur during a certain time frame (1 yr, 1 day)
corpus delicti
the body of the crime... must have evidence (direct or circumstantial) the victim died as a result of a criminal act. (doesn't include the accused's statement)
When does death occur?
brain death- irreversible cessation of total brain functions.
What are common defenses to homicide?
self defense or insanity
unconstitutional per se
trenches on liberty protected by the constitution; exceeds the powers of gvrnmt.
unconstitutional as applied
restricts or punishes the exercise of constitutional rights
interstate commerce
by far the most significant of Congress's enumerated powers is to regulate interstate commerce... a very broad power.
treason
betrayal of one's country, either by making war against it or giving aid and comfort to its enemies.
bill of attainder
legislative act that inflict punishment without trial upon persons deemed guilty of treason or felonies (prohibited by the Constitution)
ex post fact law
retroactive law that criminalizes actions that were legal at the time they were committed, or that increases punishment for the criminal act after it was committed.
Fourteenth Amendment
Due Process Clause