Common purpose (law)

From RationalWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
It's not just
a good idea

Law

Icon law.svg
Random enforcement

Common purpose is a legal doctrine stating that all participants in a crime are responsible for its consequences, even if it wasn't the original intention. Thus, for example, if a gang of criminals agree to rob a building by knocking out the security guard, they are all deemed to be guilty of murder if the knocker-out kills the guard. One of the more notorious uses of common purpose was the trial of the Sharpeville Six, a group of protesters in Apartheid-era South Africa sentenced to death when the mob they were part of murdered a local politician.

Personal tools
Namespaces

Variants
Actions
Navigation
Community
Tools
support