[ RadSafe ] Man pleads guilty in plot to build mobile death ray

Brad Keck bradkeck at mac.com
Sun Jan 26 16:17:43 CST 2014

In most states,  even an implausible attempt is regarded as a crime, especially if more than one person contributed to the effort.  If the attempt is really poor, then a jury or a prosecutor may go easy or seek psychiatric treatment rather than criminal punishment.  

It is, legally speaking, the intent that counts.   A lot for these guys, I would think, will depend on whether they were just mouthing off or if they really wanted, however poorly skilled, to actually harm someone.   


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> On Jan 26, 2014, at 12:04 PM, "Otto G. Raabe" <ograabe at ucdavis.edu> wrote:
>> Is it a punishable crime to intend to hurt some one
>> even without actually doing it or even being able to do it?
> Otto
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