mens rea

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Definition

Actus reus refers to the act or omission that comprise the physical elements of a crime as required by statute.

OverviewAct

The actus reus includes only voluntary bodily movements, particularly one which society has an interest in...

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In the course of a traffic stop in April 2017, police found Petitioner Charles Borden in possession of a pistol. United States v. Borden at 266. Borden, who had three prior felony convictions for aggravated assault, admitted that he purchased the gun...

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Petitioner Christopher Michael Dean and his brother-in-law, Ricardo Curtis Lopez, were convicted in federal district court for a bank robbery that occurred on November 10, 2004, in Rome, Georgia. See United States v. Dean, 517 F.3d 1224, 1227 (2008). A...

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Hamid Mohamed Ahmed Ali Rehaif is a citizen of the United Arab Emirates. United States v. Rehaif at 3. Rehaif applied and was accepted to the Florida Institute of Technology (“FIT”). Id. The United States issued Rehaif an F-1 nonimmigrant student visa...

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**(Contrast with general intent and specific intent)**

Overview

In both tort and criminal law, strict liability exists when a defendant is liable for committing an action, regardless of what his/her intent or mental state was when...

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In 1996, Congress passed the Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968, codified in 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9) (“section 922”). Section 922 prohibits individuals previously convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from...