Separate Crimes

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I presume that the law developed homicides into separate crimes simply because not all crimes are the same. Each crime should be sentenced based on actus reus and mens rea; for example, one driving after taking one puff off of marijuana may not have the mental capacity to kill another human being, but they do. Therefore, it would not be equivalent to someone who intentionally went out to torture and murder someone, because the crime is more heinous. (see pg. 332) While both are murder, the influenced driver had “no intention” to hurt someone else, even though the individual acted recklessly. With this being said, the individual should face a lesser sentence since the murder mens rea was not present. The development of division in the murder
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