Category: General Provisions
Historical Evolution of Criminal Intent
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
Mens Rea: What is it and why does it matter?
Definitions, N.J. Criminal Code, N.J.S.A. 2c:1-14
In the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, these terms have the following definitions, unless a different meaning plainly applies:
Statute includes the Constitution and a local law or ordinance of a political subdivision of the State.
Act or action means a bodily movement whether voluntary or involuntary.
Omission means a failure to act.
Conduct means an action, omission, and Read more
Lesser Included Offenses under New Jersey Law
In an unpublished opinion, the Superior Court, Appellate Division of New Jersey reversed a jury’s guilty verdict for a defendant charged with third-degree terroristic threats, second-degree burglary, and fourth degree stalking. State v. Jose Ortiz. The panel held the judge violated the doctrine of Lesser Included Offenses by failing to charge simple assault at trial.
The news story appeared on nj dot com. This post will summarize the legal doctrine the panel applied to this case. Read more