LS202 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Mens Rea, Criminal Negligence, Eggshell Skull

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Upper limit of criminal law = causing death of another an ultimate crime. Person commits homicide when directly/indirectly causing death of a human being. Culpable: murder, manslaughter, infanticide separated by degree of fault and circumstances ex; murder: subjective intent, highest intent, planned and deliberate/aggravating circumstance - first degree all other ones = second degree. Manslaughter: objective fault, death resulting from marked departure from reasonable person standard. Causes death by means of unlawful act, criminal negligence. Causing that human being by threats/fear of violence/deception to do anything that causes his death. Death from treatment of injury ex; person who stabs victim is responsible for causing death even though cause might be negligent treatment of wound by doctor. Acceleration of death (ex; thin skull rule) In every case = cause must be significant contributing cause causation test: victim would have lived, but for the actions of the accused.

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