Helpful Hints
  • (1) You can search the entire content of Dean’s by phrase or by individual words. Just type your keywords into the search box and then pull down the search icon on the right and choose the option you need: search by word or by phrase or reset the content.
  • (2) Double click on a word in the content of a definition, and if the word is listed as a keyword in Dean’s, it will look that word up.
  • (3) You can use the search function to help jump the scrolling function. Simply type the first 2-3 letters into the search box then hit enter on your keyboard and the scroll will go to those Keywords that begin with those letters and allow you to scroll from there.

The doctrines of actus reus [and] mens rea . . . have historically provided the tools for a constantly shifting adjustment of the tension between the evolving aims of the criminal law and changing religious, moral, philosophical, and medical views of the nature of man. This process of adjustment has always been thought to be the province of the States. Powell v. Texas, 392 U.S. 514, 536, 20 L. Ed. 2d 1254, 88 S. Ct. 2145 (1968). 


Latin. In criminal law, this is the guilty act or deed of which the object of the act defines or constitutes the crime. The physical act required of every crime. Conduct that the law seeks to prevent. There can be criminal conduct without an actus reus and that area of law is called vicarious liability. Generally, proof of a crime requires both an actus reus and a mens rea along with a social harm. The type of act required by the defendant is one that is voluntary; this excludes reflexive, unconscious, convulsive, or otherwise involuntary acts. The actus reus is merely one of the ingredients of crime; and this ingredient may be present without any crime at all. ...

Register or login to access full content



Professors
Professionals
Students