Mens Rea vs. Actus Reus: Difference & Comparison


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If Tabitha's victim threw her arm up to defend herself and the broom bounced back and hit Tabitha in the eye, has the victim committed a crime?

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1. Tabitha's victim suffered several bruises and some lacerations in the attack. She decided that as soon as she healed enough, she was hunting Tabitha down. The day her stitches were removed, she drove to Tabitha's workplace. It's a good thing Tabitha was a nurse because Tabitha's victim jumped over the receptionist's counter with a knife in hand and slashed Tabitha's face in several places. Were the requirements of mens rea and actus reus fulfilled and a crime committed?

2. What do some states follow to determine if mens rea exists?

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Work through the quiz and worksheet to figure out how much you know about mens rea versus actus reus. Their differences are highlighted on the quiz.

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  • How some states determine if mens rea exists
  • The meaning of actus reus
  • Fulfilling requirements of mens rea and actus reus

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  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast main topics, such as mens rea and actus reus
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  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about expressed and implied malice

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Learn more material by using the lesson called Mens Rea vs. Actus Reus: Difference & Comparison. This lesson lets you:

  • Determine when actus reus can exist
  • See how crimes are determined
  • Review the different requirements of mens rea