This is an elementary lesson that introduces the concept of default rules in the Model Penal Code. Students will be introduced to the hierarchy of states of mind expressed in § 2.02(5). This lesson uses sample statutes and scenarios to allow students to practice applying the default rules and hopefully to provide an understanding of why default rules are desirable.
On completion of the lesson, students will be able to:
1. Discuss several sections of the Model Penal Code (MPC) § 2.02 relating to minimum culpability requirements.
2. Identify the MPC rules that require a state of mind as to every material element of an offense.
3. Describe the terminology of the MPC, including elements, material elements and the various states of mind.