Objective Responsibility

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  • An individual or group's liability for a certain deed even if the party at fault had no intention of actually performing the guilty act. Objective responsibility is also known as “no-fault,” strict, or absolute responsibility. Legally speaking, no criminal intent (or mens rea) is necessary to try someone seen as objectively responsible. There are only a small number of crimes punishable within this framework. These may include crimes such as felony murder (where an individual can be charged for homicide even if this was unintentional) or certain drug crimes (often when an individual is caught with someone he did not know was in possession of an illegal substance). Strict liability is also relevant to numerous tort crimes and is usually based on principles of recklessness; ...

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