Mens Rea and Actus Reus
For this assignment, examine the concepts of mens rea and actus reus as outlined in Chapter 2, of the Peak (2015) text. The Louisiana murder trial of Yoshihiro Hattori illustrated both actus reus and mens rea quite vividly. Read the following news articles detailing the 1992 Halloween killing of exchange student Yoshihiro Hattori:
Focusing on the conceptualization of actus reus and mens rea,
- Describe whether the court acted justly and/or legally in the acquittal of Rodney Peairs.
- Justify your personal opinions by referencing legal concepts or by building on theories outlined in the text.
Your paper must be at least 750 words in length (excluding title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Cite your sources in text and include them on the references page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
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