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crime

Misconduct that does injury to public interests rather than purely private interests. We view injury to society as separate from injuries suffered by a victim. For a crime to exist, both a criminal act (actus reas) and a guilty mind (mens rea) must be present.
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Definition reprinted with permision from Committee on Psychiatry and Law, of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry: [amazon 0873186257 inline]

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