Corrupt-Motive Doctrine – a defunct rule that conspiracy is punishable only if the agreement was entered into with an evil purpose, not merely an intent to do the illegal act

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corrupt-motive doctrine:
(1962)

1. Criminal law. The rule that conspiracy is punishable only if the agreement was entered into with an evil purpose, not merely with an intent to do the illegal act.  *  This doctrine — which originated in People v. Powell, 63 N.Y. 88 (1875). has been rejected by the Model penal Code. — aka Powell doctrine. [1]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

 

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