Jeffrey A. McCann j.mccann at
Sun Nov 5 16:30:34 EST 2000

"Richard Weimer" <aa9kz at
> To: Jeff McCann" <j.mccann at>
> Please explain what does the words MENS REA mean?
> Respectfully
> Richard Weimer

    In the legal context, it refers to the mental intent element that must
be proved to convict a defendant of *some* criminal offenses, i.e., the
requirement that the defendant "intentionally, "willfully," or "knowingly"
did some act, as opposed to having made a mistake or having caused an event
to occur by some accident.


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