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The relevance of harm as the criterion for the punishment of impossible attempts.

Christie, Sarah A.

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Abstract

There has been much debate about the relevance of punishment in cases of impossible attempts. This article sets out the current position in Anglo-American jurisdictions and considers the rationale behind punishment in hypothetical impossible attempt cases in order to draw out the key issues at the heart of responsibility. The cases of the inadequately prepared attempt and the attempt which is doomed to failure are compared to illustrate the relevance of the potential to cause harm in the justification for punishing such actors. The article concludes with the suggestion that the relevant criterion is the presence of the potential to cause imminent harm, as opposed to future, speculative harm.

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CHRISTIE, S.A. 2009. The relevance of harm as the criterion for the punishment of impossible attempts. Journal of criminal law [online], 73(2), pages 153-164. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1350/jcla.2009.73.2.561

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2009
Online Publication Date Apr 30, 2009
Publication Date Apr 30, 2009
Deposit Date Jan 11, 2011
Publicly Available Date Jan 11, 2011
Journal Journal of criminal law
Print ISSN 0022-0183
Electronic ISSN 1740-5580
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 2
Pages 153-164
DOI https://doi.org/10.1350/jcla.2009.73.2.561
Keywords Criminal liability; Harm as a criterion; Impossible attempts; Imminent harm; Future harm
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/551

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