actus reus


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actus reus

(ˈæktəs ˈreɪəs)
n
(Law) law a criminal action regarded as a constituent element of a crime, as compared with the state of mind of the perpetrator. Compare mens rea
[Latin, literally: guilty act]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.actus reus - activity that transgresses moral or civil lawactus reus - activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
brutalisation, brutalization - the activity of treating someone savagely or viciously
usurpation, encroachment, trespass, violation, intrusion - entry to another's property without right or permission
civil wrong, tort - (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought
malversation - misconduct in public office
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior
dereliction - willful negligence
malfeasance - wrongful conduct by a public official
misfeasance - doing a proper act in a wrongful or injurious manner
malpractice - a wrongful act that the actor had no right to do; improper professional conduct; "he charged them with electoral malpractices"
malpractice - professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage; "the widow sued his surgeon for malpractice"
perversion - the action of perverting something (turning it to a wrong use); "it was a perversion of justice"
injury - wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted
injury - an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage
infliction - an act causing pain or damage
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"
knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
champerty - an unethical agreement between an attorney and client that the attorney would sue and pay the costs of the client's suit in return for a portion of the damages awarded; "soliciting personal injury cases may constitute champerty"
criminal maintenance, maintenance - the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community; "unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit"
infringement, violation - an act that disregards an agreement or a right; "he claimed a violation of his rights under the Fifth Amendment"
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The court verdict went further on page 66 stating, "in other words the trial judge should discuss mens rea and actus reus (action and intention) of different offences alleged to have been committed by each individual in order to prove guilt or commission of the alleged offence beyond reasonable doubt".
The following elements of the crime of genocide, as defined under international law, are present with regard to the attacks on civilians in Khojaly: the actus reus consisting of killing and causing serious bodily or mental harm; the existence of a protected group being targeted by the authors of the criminal conduct; and the specific genocidal intent to annihilate, in whole or in part, a group distinguished on racial, ethnic, national or religious grounds.
Being "fully convinced that, in various localities in Eastern Slavonia, Western Slavonia, Banovina/Banija, Kordun, Lika and Dalmatia, the JNA and Serb forces perpetrated against members of the protected group acts falling within subparagraphs (a) and (b) of Article II of the Convention, and that the actus reus of genocide has been established" (33), the Court moved to the assessment of the genocidal intent having inspired those acts and concluded, as mentioned, that Croatia had not established that those acts were committed with the specific intent required for them to be characterized as acts of genocide (34).
The rest of the book, 12 sections, covers introductory principles, Actus Reus, Mens Rea, mistakes of fact or law, causation, defenses to crime , inchoate conduct, complicity, criminal homicide, rape, and theft.
The problem arises when thoughts are transferred into action, a distinction classically known as that between actus reus, which describes the physical component of a criminal act, and the mens rea, the mental intent to do the crime.
La Corte determino que se realizaron actos que constituyen el actus reus de matanza (18) y que causaron lesiones graves a la integridad fisica o mental de los miembros del grupo (19) protegido de los croatas.
In such circumstances, the actus reus that forms the basis of the section 10(b) violation--the false public statement--has been disaggregated from the actor who harbors mens rea.
To prove a charge of murder they must prove the actus reus, act of killing, and mens rea, the intention.
Part III examines the implications of the actus reus requirement of criminal law for the fantasy defense.
that they involve; the emphasis is on actus reus rather than mens rea.