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Attempt

History, Policies, Modern Law, Bibliography

To be punishable as a criminal attempt, conduct must consist of an intent to perform an act or to bring about a result that would constitute a crime, together with some substantial steps taken in furtherance of that intent. This article describes the historical development of criminal liability for attempts, the policies served (and disserved) by punishment in attempt cases, and the current scope of liability for attempts in American law.

STEPHEN J. SCHULHOFER

DAN M. KAHAN

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