mens rea

Definitions of mens rea

n (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials

malice aforethought
(law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
Type of:
planning, preparation, provision
the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

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