This arrest, however, was not the result of chance. On the contrary, at 4 p.m. authorities received a report about a suspicious male in a nearby Whole Foods parking lot. But the media does not disclose what the male did that appeared suspicious. Read More
The Hopatcong cop charged with simple assault after his encounter with an air horn wielding individual in a bunny costume has made the news again. If nothing else, this will provide a case study, an object lesson if you will, in the justifications for punishment. I learned this in law school, so you might want to pay attention.
Apparently, the Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor recently charged the officer with harassment, too. Indeed, one might say the government is providing the officer with on the job training for something that the criminals already know—don’t get caught. And let’s be candid. Read more
RIVERSIDE TWP.—Local cops charged an allegedly drunk train passenger with aggravated assault on a police office. The NJ Transit River Line passenger had allegedly consumed alcohol and cursed at passengers, per the news. Police claim the man had multiple open containers of beer when they approached him. Additionally, while escorting him off the train, the man allegedly assaulted one cop. Furthermore, they claim the senior citizen spit in the face of another. Eventually, the cops took the passenger to a hospital for his extreme level of intoxication. Consequently, Read more
Willingboro cops charged a woman for allegedly killing her husband, per nj dot com. Charged with murder and a weapons charge, she allegedly struck him over and over with a fire extinguisher. Another press release from law enforcement passed off as the news. Who might question their narrative?
This is the final post in a series on the mental culpability element in criminal law. The previous posts addressed the common law and the Model Penal Code (“MPC”). Those posts are available here, here, and here. This post, however, will discuss statutory reform and New Jersey’s adoption of the MPC in the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Furthermore, this post will focus on the General Requirements of Culpability under New Jersey law. Read more
blogged previously about the general meaning of mens rea (criminal intent). This post provides an overview of the historical evolution of criminal intent. Indeed, the legal concept of mens rea dates back centuries.1 The body of this text will refer to scholars by last name. Please view the footnotes for references. Read more