Trey Gowdy - destroying documents and telling lies v good evidence of criminal intent
Wednesday, 09 November 2016
Trey Gowdy talks about the two elements present in crime - actus reus (the guilty action) and mens rea (the guilty mind).
He says there's seldom evidence of intent or mens rea in a taped recording of the offender acknowledging her criminal intent prior to the criminal activity.
Mens rea is often proved by circumstantial evidence.
Gowdy says that destroying documents and telling lies about the guilty act are amongst the best evidence of a guilty mind a prosecutor could hope for.
Gowdy's comments in their entirety are applicable to each of CLINTON and GILLARD.