Extending the Defense of Renunciation
Albany Law School
Temple Law Review, Vol. 62, No. 1, 1989
Albany Law School Research Paper, Forthcoming
Renunciation allows a person who has committed a crime to abandon or renounce the criminal enterprise and thereby extinguish criminal liability. It generally only applies to inchoate crimes and complicity. This article argues that the renunciation defense deserves to be extended. This argument is based on the history of the defense and its purpose. It then explores the issues that arise in applying the defense, such as: whether the abandonment is voluntary, burden of proof, and harm to the victim. Last, it considers the degree of expansion, to all crimes, or still confined to particular instances, based on the merits and consequences of each.
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Date posted: May 29, 2010