Mens Rea – A person’s awareness of the fact that his or her conduct is criminal. This is the mental element; and the physical element is the act itself (actus reus).
The concept of mens rea developed in England during the latter part of the common-law era (about the year 1600) when judges began to hold that an act alone could not create criminal liability unless it was accompanied by a guilty state of mind. The degree of mens rea required for a particular common-law crime varied. Murder, for example, required a malicious state of mind, whereas Larceny required a felonious state of mind.
No Mens Rea – A fundamental principle of Criminal Law is that “A crime consists of both a mental and a physical element”.
DOES THIS SEEM “NORML” TO YOU? THE KINGPIN, THORNE PETERS at the Memphis NORML Rally 7/16/2015 asking JOHN MAREK a lawyer running for City Council to explain how the Legal System justifies ignoring the fact that there is NO MENS REA for a POT bust and lawyers like him and his ilk fail to fight for our FREEDOM. . . Watch as he ducks and covers to avoid the question—finally offering the party police line that “POT is illegal because” as his defense . . . I’m still waiting for an answer. The reason POT remains CRIMINALIZED is not because of the Moron Majority standing against us; POT remains CRIMINALIZED because of the brain dead SHEEPLE who want to represent us by dealing away our rights in favor of a POLITICAL POLICY enforced as a supposed law. They want to trade one oppressive code for another. I want PEACE and FREEDOM . . . . something’s gotta give!