Criminal Law and the Supreme Court

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Criminal Law and the Supreme Court
William Howard Taft the president of the United States from 1909 to 1913, who also was the Chief Justice, stated “Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever”. Currently that holds true. The first Supreme Court was called to assemble February 1 1790. It was then when they established their powers and duties. The Supreme Court of the United States now has one chief of Justice and eight Associate Justices. The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States. This paper will discuss a Supreme Court case. It will review some interesting facts on the case. The paper will also be about what are the various elements of a crime as well as accomplice liability and criminal liability.
The elements of crime are actus reus, mens rea, and concurrence. In the case of the Supreme Court vs. Joel Tenenbaum who is a criminal of a different sort. Joel Tenenbaum is a former Boston University student who was ordered to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs on the Internet. In 2009 a jury ordered Tenenbaum to pay after the Recording Industry Association of America sued him (Arizona Republic 2012). The three elements of Actus rues involve an act that causes harm or condemned in a statue. Joel Tenenbuam did an act of downloading and causes harm financially to the Recording Industry and is condemned in a statue.
"I can't believe the system would uphold a six-figure damages amount for downloading 30 songs on a file-sharing system that everybody used," Tenenbaum said (Arizona Republic 2012). The first thing that comes to the authors mind cruel and unusual punishment covered in the 8th amendment. The eighth amendment states no excessive bail or fines shall be given. Although when we discuss the issue liability in this case there is no argument that he criminally libel and…...

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