Corpus Delicti

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  • Translated from the Latin, the term means the body of the crime or corpse. It is a legal term that requires the presence of material evidence and elements of the crime for conviction. Before a defendant can be held criminally accountable, the court must prove that an actual crime transpired (actus reus) and that the defendant had a criminal mind (mens rea).

    10.4135/9781412972024.n567

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