Is There Really a Difference between Justification and Excuse or Did We Academics Make it Up?
42 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 321 (2009)
6 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2012
Date Written: 2009
This article postulates that there is a notable distinction between a justification and an excuse. Justification and excuses are both theories of exculpation, but provide distinguishable grounds for withholding punishment. The main distinction resting in the fact that an excuse centers on the culpability of the actor, whereas, a justification focuses on the wrongfulness of the act.
Keywords: criminal law, justification, excuse
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