The mental part of a crime that the prosecution must prove in a trial. For example, an intention to steal is the mens rea for the crime of theft. There is also a physical part of a crime, known as actus reus, that must be proved by the prosecution. A crime may have more than one mental element, such as intention, recklessness, negligence, dishonesty, or malice.
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