Criminal Mind Essay

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Christopher Beauchamp Introduction to criminal Law July, 22 2012 Professor: Corinne Balter 1. Do you agree that the girls had taken a substantial step toward the commission of a targeted offense? What test does the court establish for Tennessee to determine if a substantial step has been taken? Yes, because she not only planned out the crime but she tried to involve numerous people in her attempt to poison her teacher, thus almost managed to fulfill the crime. The model code was adopted that state then adverse that the model code containing examples of the conduct which would take a substantial step. Also that two of these examples employed in the commission of the crime and possession collection, of fabrication of material to be employed in the commission of the crime at or near the place contemplated. 2. Would your answer be different if Tennessee used the last step test or the physical proximity test? If so, how? Yes, if the court used the last act required that the accused has taken the last step or act has performed all that he or she intended and was able to do in an attempt to commit the crime, but for some reason did not complete the crime. The last act test, which asks whether the conduct completed is dangerously close to completing the crime itself. The notion that the more serious the threatened harm, the more justified the court would be in examining acts further back in the series of acts that would lead to crime completion. The clearer the intent to commit the offense, the less proximate the acts need to be to the completion of the crime to constitute the crime

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