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Authors

Kyle S. Brodie

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

This article discusses the problems posed by attempt crimes which have no chance of succeeding (often called "obviously impossible attempts"). Impossibility has largely been abolished as a defense to attempt crimes, so the obvious impossibility of an attempted crime is legally irrelevant in determining whether or not it should be punished. Even so, the author contends that many of the reasons attempt crimes are punished do not apply to obviously impossible attempts. The author's proposed solution is to add an element of "reasonableness" to the definition of attempt crimes.

First Page

237

Last Page

256

Publication Date

5-1-1995

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

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