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Should Intent be treated the same as the actual act?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Biker, Jan 13, 2003.

  1. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    For those of you following the <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/news/858316.asp?0dm=V25CN" target="blank">Brian Regan case</a>. Although I highly doubt they'll actually sentence him to death (they should, as they should for all who commit acts of treason against the US), it looks as if there's going to be an interesting defense. Does intent mean the same as the actual act? In this case, I would think so, especially with the possible damage that could have been done had he been successful.
  2. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    Yep..there's no difference. Turn him over to the Pygmies in the Congo.
  3. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    I kind of feel like we should make an example but if no material passed hands I think we might be overreaching. We treat attempted murder and murder differently. Many jurisdictions only allow the death penalty if aggravating circumstances can be proved. The lack of damage should limit this to life without parole.

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