mens rea

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mens rea

(ˈmɛnz ˈreɪə)
n
(Law) law a criminal intention or knowledge that an act is wrong. It is assumed to be an ingredient of all criminal offences although some minor statutory offences are punishable irrespective of it. Compare actus reus
[Latin, literally: guilty mind]
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Noun1.mens rea - (law) criminal intentmens rea - (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
premeditation - (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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The guilty mind of Turlington was far from feeling satisfied with the meager description of the stranger thus rendered.
Throughout his interviews you can see the shifting sands of the defendant's guilty mind," Cataldo said.
This legislation would ensure that courts and creative prosecutors do not take the absence of a criminal intent standard to mean that the government can obtain a conviction without any proof a guilty mind.
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what makes Brutus himself blameworthy: his own guilty mind, or mens rea.
But old puzzles have taken on new significance as the criminal justice system advances into more realms occupied predominantly--sometimes completely--by the question of the guilty mind.
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The concurrence of a guilty action with a guilty mind is required for conviction.
She added: "This is a man with a guilty mind who is trying to spread the dirt elsewhere.
He said that he would not leave the apex Court with a guilty mind that influential people were not brought to book.