New York, NY, USA: Oup Usa (2019)

Alexander Sarch
University of Surrey
The willful ignorance doctrine says defendants should sometimes be treated as if they know what they don't. This book provides a careful defense of this method of imputing mental states. Though the doctrine is only partly justified and requires reform, it also demonstrates that the criminal law needs more legal fictions of this kind. The resulting theory of when and why the criminal law can pretend we know what we don't has far-reaching implications for legal practice and reveals a pressing need for change.
Keywords criminal law  culpability  knowledge  intention  recklessness  negligence  mens rea  willful ignorance  duty to investigate  corporate crime  mental state imputation
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