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POLS 2020 - Class Notes - Week 3

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POLS 2020 - Class Notes - Week 3

School: Robert Morris University
Department: Political Science
Course: Criminal Law and Evidence
Professor: G.w. Jones
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: crime and degrees
Name: Pols 2020: Principles of criminal law
Description: Explains the aspects of crime in depth.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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background image W3 Principles of criminal law Criminal responsibility Crime: any act or omission that is forbidden by law as a violation of the public interest Individual V. society Social harm, not just individual harm Often tied to morality Punishment Utilitarian o Must be effective at deterring future crime maintaining social order Moral/ retributive Types of crimes Mala in se o Bad in itself Ex: murder, rape, robbery Malum Prohibitum o Bad b/c society says it is  Ex: prohibition Classifications of crimes Felony o Serious  o 1year+ of imprisonment death o Prison o Ex: homicide, rape, robbery Misdemeanor o Less serious o Less than 1yr incarceration o County jail o Ex: disorderly conduct, shoplifting Charging felony V. Misdemeanor o What does the statue say? o Prior offenses?  o Seriousness?  o Number of victims? Summary offences o Minor misconduct o Fines, community service o Ex: traffic violations Elements of crime capability
Technically and Ideally a crime has not been committed unless the 
following elements are present
Harm legality culpability:  o Actus Reus o Mens rea Vocab Harm: physical or verbal  o The external consequence required to make an action a crime

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School: Robert Morris University
Department: Political Science
Course: Criminal Law and Evidence
Professor: G.w. Jones
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: crime and degrees
Name: Pols 2020: Principles of criminal law
Description: Explains the aspects of crime in depth.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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