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In June 20, 2002, Jonathan Daughtrey saw two men standing and talking by the back outside corner of the BB&T Bank in Holland, Virginia. The men were later identified as Williams and Cooper. Several minutes later, he viewed them walking toward the bank entrance with bandanas over their faces. Williams was holding a knapsack with his hand inside. As Williams and Cooper walked toward the bank entrance, they made eye contact with Daughtrey. The two then pulled their masks off and Williams removed his hand from the bag and threw the bag across his back. Williams and Cooper continued walking toward the bank entrance, paused at the entrance, and then walked down the street. Daughtrey telephoned the police and the two were arrested. A handgun, two bandanas, latex gloves, a knapsack, and a BB&T Bank brochure were found under the passenger seat. The defendants admit that they possessed the intent to commit the crime, but argued that they did not satisfy the actus reus of attempt.
Are the defendants guilty of an attempted bank robbery? Explain your answer according to what you know about attempt crimes. Did the defendant commit the actus reas of attempted robbery?
After posting your answer, read my first post to see what the court said. Then respond to my post. Did your answer agree with the court’s opinion? Why or why not?
Discuss whether the defendant in these scenarios can be found guilty of an attempted offense:
1. A pick pocket reaches into a man’s pocket walking down the street and finds the man doesn’t have a wallet in his pocket. Is he guilty of attempted theft?
2. A man sexually assaults a woman he believes is passed out from alcohol, only to find out after that the woman died of an overdose an hour early. Is he guilty of attempted rape?
3. A woman decides to kill the woman who is sleeping with her husband. She goes into the woman’s bedroom at 2am and shoots at the bed. She then realizes the bed is empty. Is the woman guilty of attempted murder?
Explain your answers.