Latin Legal Terms

Culpo

Culpo – this verb literally means to blame, censure, accuse. In practice, the word participates in the legal term “culpae poena par esto”, used in the sphere of Criminal Law. There it states that the given judgment should meet the seriousness of the crime. In other words, for serious crimes the punishment should be bigger, and for small offenses the person should not be charged too much.
The word relates also to the term “necessitas culpabilis”, which also applies in the Criminal Law, where refers to a necessity which can not be excused, but is punishable because it is done with guilt. In other words the performer did know certainly the eventual negative consequences of his/her wrongful criminal actions. And despite this pure understanding, he has committed the criminal offense.

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