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The Mens Rea of Recklessness

This lesson explores the mens rea of recklessness as defined by the Model Penal Code.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, students will be able to:
1. Define "mens rea of recklessness" under the Model Penal Code.
2. List the two essential components of the MPC’s definition of mens rea of recklessness.
3. Discuss those mental states associated with greater and lesser culpability from that of "conscious disregard."
4. Analyze the nature of the risk at issue in recklessness, including the MPC terms "substantial" and "unjustifiable."


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