Now, I’m not being pretentious or anything, but some things just sound better in Latin and this is one of them.
Mens Rea, Actus reus, simply means guilty mind, guilty act.
We’ve all committed the Mens Rea at some point or another, you know, those thoughts you have about strangling your boss or stabbing Iain dunked in sh*t.
Of course most of us don’t strangle our boss or stab IDS – we don’t carry out the Actus Reus. The guilty act.
Sometimes you can also have the actus reus without the mens rea. If someone was trying to kill you for example and you killed them in self defence, well you’d certainly have carried out the actus reus but without the mens rea.
So what about IDS. Has he committed mens rea, actus reus.
Well there can be no doubt now, following the publication of the mortality statistics yesterday, that…
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