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The credibility of Joint Enterprise Murder Watch

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    The doctrine of common purpose, common design, joint enterprise, or joint criminal enterprise is a legal doctrine in some common law jurisdictions that imputes criminal liability on the participants to a criminal enterprise for all that results from that enterprise. A common incidence of the application of the rule is to impute criminal liability for assaulting a person with a knife on all the participants to a riot who knew or were reckless as to knowing that one of their number had a knife and might use it, even when the imputed participants did not actually have knives themselves.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_purpose

    Questions are currently being raised over the credibility of this law operating in the UK. Someone who has no involvement in a murder can be convicted of murder if it is perceived they had any knowledge that the murder might take place. They might not have had a weapon or any intent to murder or cause grievous harm, but if it is perceived they had any knowledge that someone else might do something or could, they are treated as if they are as guilty as the murderer.

    Is this law really credible? Should someone serve a life sentence for some alleged association with a crime, no matter how vague? Is knowing someone has a knife or gun enough to hold responsibility for a murder?


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    Did you see the drama about this on the BBC on Sunday night?

    (Original post by Reluire)
    Is this law really credible? Should someone serve a life sentence for some alleged association with a crime, no matter how vague? Is knowing someone has a knife or gun enough to hold responsibility for a murder?
    Knowing someone has a knife or a gun and intends to use it to harm someone makes you party to that crime in some way, but to be charged for the same crime as the person committing the act isn't right in my opinion. There may be other factors at play, such as fear of what may happen if they were found to be a "grass", this was something in that drama on Sunday, as the lad who drove the car was threatened by the guy who'd carried out the stabbing.
 
 
 
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