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noun: Criminal intent.
From Latin mens rea (guilty mind). Earliest documented use: 1861.
"She appealed against her conviction on the basis that she did not have the required mens rea, in that she was not aware she was carrying drugs."
Minimum 10-Year Drug Term Reduced for 'Naive' Offender; Irish Times (Dublin); Jan 16, 2012.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. -Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719)