Crj 306 week 2 discussion 1

  

Week 2 – Discussion 1 

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

  

Actus Reus and Mens   Rea 

Understanding the elements of a crime, particularly the distinctions between guilty mind and guilty act, are essential components for all criminal justice professionals to comprehend. Take the time this week to understand these concepts fully, and be prepared to use the information gained to analyze all criminal law questions throughout this course and in your professional career. It is natural to assume that either a mental state or criminal act can be easily proven; however, the old expression that “the devil is in the details” truly applies to these foundational, legal concepts. Always remember that the state must prove all elements of a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt, and that burden of proof rests solely on the state. Your initial post must be at least 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Please answer the following questions below:

  • Distinguish between the terms actus      reus and mens rea. How are they significant in criminal law?
  • To what standard of law must      the defendant’s mens rea be proven in order to gain a criminal      conviction? Must the state prove “what the defendant was thinking at the      time of the crime” in order to prove mens rea? Why or why not?
  • To what standard of law must      each element of the actus reus be proven, and why?
  • Which of the two legal      requirements listed above (i.e., actus reus, mens rea) is more      difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a trial, and why?

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Ensure that you and your classmates fully comprehend the difficulties of proving someone’s intent and coordinating the act and the intent to create a prosecutable, criminal offense. Your responses must be at least 100 words of content and supported by scholarly sources: (i.e., classroom materials, or outside, scholarly sources).

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