Title

Ignorance as a Legal Excuse

Authors

Larry Alexander

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

In this chapter, I examine the forms of ignorance that defeat and sometimes create legal liability. Although my focus is primarily on the treatment of ignorance in the criminal law, I mention in passing the role of ignorance in torts, breaches of contract, and other civil lawsuits. Moreover, although my principal focus is on ignorance as a defeater of liability, I discuss as well how ignorance can operate to incriminate.

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