The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law Chapter 11: Excuse Me! Excuse pg 6: Not a defense, because not a crime
Samantha’s was a mistake of fact.
Some authorities say her mistake gives her a defense to the charge of booze theft. But they are wrong.
A defense is something that lets you get away with something that’s ordinarily a crime. Mistake of fact, on the other hand, is only useful as evidence that you didn’t have the necessary mens rea—in other words, that there was no crime in the first place.
So mistake of law is no defense, and mistake of fact isn’t really one either.
Average Joe all flustered
GAH! It’s enough to make you crazy!
Good idea. For the time being, anyway. So how about a little TEMPORARY INSANITY?
Average Joe accepting a cup of tea from a teapot emitting sparks