Attempt II

Attempt II

Continue learning about the crime of attempt by exploring some limitations on the doctrine and available defenses, specifically the concepts of merger, abandonment/renunciation, and impossibility.


Welcome back to our focus on the law of attempt. In the previous clip, we outlined the basic mens rea and actus reus components of the doctrine. Let's now turn to some limitations and defenses.

I. Merger

A good one to start with is the concept of merger. Merger is where a lesser crime becomes absorbed into a greater one so that the defendant cannot be convicted of both. An attempt is deemed to merge into the completed crime. Thus, a defendant cannot be convicted of both attempt and the actual...