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Volume 107 - Issue 1

Clinging to the Common Law in an Age of Statutes: Criminal Law in the States

Among the earliest adopters of the Model Penal Code, Illinois codified its entire General Part, including the provisions on accountability, legislatively altering numerous common law positions that required change.  Thus, as of 1961, its accountability statute predicated accomplice liability on one’s purposefully giving aid to the principal actor.  Unfortunately, those changes were resisted by the…

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