Research Response

Part I.  

1) What is the Actus Reus of a crime, and what is the Mens Rea of a crime? 

2) What is the difference between general and specific intent?  Give an example of a general intent crime and a specific intent crime.  

3) What is the difference between mala in se offenses, and mala prohibita offenses?  Give an example for each.   

4)  What is a “strict liability” offense?  Give an example of a strict liability offense.  Do you agree with this and why or why not?        

5)  Think about the modern approach to the law of principals, discussed on pages 111-112 of your text.    Is it fair to assess the same degree of fault and impose the same punishment on an accomplice as on a perpetrator?  Why or why not?  

6)  Is there a valid reason for some jurisdictions to exempt close family relatives from punishment as accessories after the fact to felonious conduct?  Why or why not?

Part II.

1) In general, what are inchoate offenses? 

2)  A) Define the crimes of attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy.   B)  Which of those crimes “merge” with the underlying or “target” crime if that crime is completed?  In other words, when can the inchoate crime no longer be charged if the target crime is actually committed?       

3)  What is the requisite criminal intent (mens rea) for each of the offenses of attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy? 

4) What is the “actus reus” or act requirement for each of the offenses of attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy? 

5) Provide a factual example of an attempt, a solicitation, and a conspiracy for a serious crime.     

6) What is the actus reus and mens rea for each of the crimes you listed above?  What would the prosecutor have to prove?