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Criminal Law

Marcia Bedard

This chapter discusses many areas of law, including the history of law, the sources of law, why we have laws, and the different types of law. We will also look at the elements a a criminal law violation.

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4.the only crime listed in the US Constitution
11.acts that according to tradition and convention, are thought to be wrong
12.activity which increases the risk of harm
13.a clear link between the act and the harm
14.rules of conduct
16.part of the law that tells us the methods to be used in enforcing substantive law
18.a person's reason for committing a crime
19.law that governs relationships between parties--divorce, child custody, wills, unfair hiring practices, etc.
21.law of the land, defines the rights of individuals
22.criminal offense punishable by death or incarceration in prison facililty at least one year
23.behavior in which a person fails to take reasonable precautions or takes unjustifiable risks of dangerous consequences
25.a crime not yet committed, consists of an action toward commission of an offense
26.guilty mind, intent
27.guilty act
28.modern law that concerns itself with offenses against society, members of society, their property, and the social order.
29.acts that are wrong only because there is a law against them
30.judicial precedent, which serves as a guide to decision making in the courts
31."let the decision stand"
1.law that comes from usage and custom rather than written statutes.
2.early Roman law that distinguished public law and private law
3.part of the law that defines crimes and specific punishments
5.violation of the law
6.offense punishable by incarceration in a local facility limited to a year or less
7.one of the first known bodies of law
8.written or codified laws
9.society must be governed by principles, which everyone must obey--especially those who enforce the law
10.rules of conduct inherent in human nature, these are known through the use of reason without the need for man-made laws.
15.regulates the activities of industry, business, and individuals
17.actus reus and mens rea coexist
20."body of the crime"
24.written promise from King that meant British citizens were guaranteed basic liberties

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