Mens rea: A guilty mind


According to The Free Dictionary, mens rea is a legal term that defines the criminal intent to commit a crime.

mens rea [ˈmɛnz ˈreɪə] n (Law) Law a criminal intention or knowledge that an act is wrong. It is assumed to be an ingredient of all criminal offences although some minor statutory offences are punishable irrespective of it. [Latin, literally: guilty mind]

 A recent post quoted The American Thinker article by Jay Clarke who wrote of people and their actions.  Clarke claimed the actions of people on a regular basis will define who they are. 

 People of the Lie, by M. Scott Peck, describes people who are evil as having a “special kind of narcissism so total that they seem to lack the capacity for empathy.  It deprives them of the restraint that results from empathy and respect for others”, Peck continues in his book.

On page 136 of People of the Lie, Peck states, ” In addition to the fact that the evil need victims to sacrifice to their narcissism…..[this] permits them to ignore the humanity of their victim… As it gives them a motive for murder, so it also renders them insensitive to the act….”.

Is Peck really identifying a personality ‘guilty mind’ referenced ‘as the ingredient in all criminal offences’,  in the mens rea law?  Is there a personality that can be identified as prone to unlawful activity?  Is there a test to identify that personality thereby halting some crime before it becomes virulent?

We hear again of children molested by teachers, coaches and professionals entrusted with their care… could a personality test as a condition for employment prevent some of these incidents and preclude a lifetime of misery for these children? 

According to the legal definition of mens rea, the person knew an act was illegal, wrong; and yet that knowledge did not deter the crime.

When will society ever regain control and protect our children and citizens, if the criminal mind and evil people are protected more by the legal system than the victim?

What say you?

 

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