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Is it impossible to commit the "Actus Reus"? When is an attempted act a legally complete Actus Reus? Does this conduct or act really cause the injury or harm? The state must prove that a causal relationship exists: Problems with
Actus Reus Relationship of the parties. Who actually commits the Actus Reus Responsibility for any conduct he/she Status or condition of person Problems with Actus Reus No apparent means of subsistence Meandering without purpose Unemployed Vagrant The harm resulting therefrom
(the defendant caused the result) Between the act done
(the defendant acted) Agents Abettors Aiders Accessories Principals Incites Supports Solicits Sets in motion Originates An "attempt" is an unfinished crime Finding the accused guilty DOES NOT require successful completion of a crime Legally impossible Factually impossible Physically impossible Drug buyer wanting to purchase drugs from a dealer, who has none Pickpocket who attempts to steal from a person who has no wallet Shooting a pillow thought to be a human body Abortion on a non-pregnant woman Assault on a store "mannequin" Can a party be convicted of rape when a person consented? Juvenile committing an "adult" crime Perjury committed outside a legal proceeding