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Reinvigorating Actus Reus:The Case for Involuntary Actions by Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Hamilton, Melissa (2011) Reinvigorating Actus Reus:The Case for Involuntary Actions by Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, 16 (2). pp. 340-390.

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Abstract

Matthew Sepi, a 20-year-old combat veteran who had been deployed in Iraq, headed out to a local convenience store in Las Vegas in 2005 concealing an AK-47 under his clothing in case it was necessary to protect himself in the neighborhood that was known for violence and crime.' At one point a man and a woman approached him in a dark alley, ordering Sepi to leave the area. Feeling he was being ambushed by enemy troops, Sepi instinctively reacted by "engag[ing] his targets" and shooting at them. Once the individuals appeared immobilized from the gunshots, Sepi followed training protocol in "breaking contact" with the enemies and retreating. Both individuals were shot and one of them died of gunshot wounds. Sepi was charged with murder and attempted murder.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
Authors :
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Hamilton, Melissamh0066@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : January 2011
Identification Number : 10.15779/Z38ZS6W
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2011 The Author
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Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 19 Sep 2017 16:04
Last Modified : 19 Sep 2017 16:04
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842332

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