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Why should crimes be distinguished by the motivations of the perpetrator?

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I'm in college taking criminal justice and need an answer if possible. Would be greatly appreciated.

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Crimes are distinguished by the requisite culpable mental state, not the perpetrator's motive. Please review the Texas Penal Code:

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John Vong
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They shouldn't.

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Why are you in college taking criminal justice? Something worth thinking about if you are unwilling to do your own homework and to honor the Terms of Use for public service web-sites.

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Yep, you didn't "get it", but this is not the place to find it. Go to your library and check out a treatise on criminal law. Or maybe read your text again after some time to think it over. Ask this question in class -- if you are confused, probably others are also, and the instructor would like to know that.

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