June 2016 Archives

How intent defines punishment

In Illinois criminal courts, a concept called mens rea may play a role in how a case is decided. The terms is Latin for guilty mind and tries to differentiate between crimes committed intentionally and acts that inadvertently led to a crime being committed. For instance, there is generally a difference between a driver hitting a pedestrian intentionally compared to someone who didn't see that person until it was too late.

Police issue drug charges to 3 people

Authorities in Illinois report having taken three people into custody on drug charges following an investigation in Sycamore. The accused are a 23-year-old man and two 21-year-old women, and the incident took place on May 27. The man has been charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a school zone, the punishment for which can be up to 30 years in prison if he's convicted.

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