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mens rea

(māns rā′ă, mĕnz rē′ă) [L. “guilty mind”]
Criminal intent. In legal matters an unlawful act is considered to be a criminal act only when the person who commits it acts with criminal intent. From a psychological perspective, this means that minors, the mentally ill, and those affected by organic brain disease may commit unlawful acts but not be culpable of them in a court of law because they may not understand the nature and consequences of such acts.

mens rea (menzˑ rēˑ·),

n the intent of a crime—that is, the per-petrator's mental state regarding the act committed.
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The Court ruled that Mr Musegera's conduct showed the elements of a criminal act and a guilty mind, sufficient to prove a crime against humanity in the form of persecution.
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As a consequence of my negligence, half the stock was destroyed, the fire brigade and the police had been called so that, in a sense, fire and brimstone had attended my first mutually acceptable erection and my guilty mind connected the two events as sin and punishment for a good while.
The activist also questioned the context in which the information made his statement, saying any criminal offence in the various laws of South Sudan is identified by two elements, citing guilty mind and guilty act.