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New Light on Steane's Case

Rubin, Gerry (2003) New Light on Steane's Case. Journal of Legal History, 24 (2). pp. 143-164. ISSN 0144-0365. (KAR id:228)

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Abstract

R. v Steane (1947) is regularly cited in modern textbooks on criminal law on the distinction between motive and intention in respect to mens rea. In that case the conviction of the defendant for having broadcast enemy propaganda from Berlin during the Second World War was quashed by the Court of Appeal on the basis of the trial judge’s misdirection. Steane himself claimed he had been forced to broadcast for the Nazis as a result of threats to himself and his family. The present article looks at new evidence, including that from MI5 sources, which, it is submitted, now casts serious doubt on Steane’s credibility and which suggests that the question of his loyalty as a British subject was at least ambiguous during the war.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: modern legal history, criminal law, motive and intention, aiding the enemy, world war II,
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Katrin Steinack
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/228 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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