The motive behind the action

When a criminal case is tried in a court of law, the prosecutor presents whatever evidence has been collected that would prove the defendant actually committed an offense. And it may also be necessary that the prosecution's case specifically establish sufficient motive for the crime. After a verdict is reached, the standard of justice in human law generally recognizes that the thought which compelled the misdeed is a significant factor in determining an appropriate sentence. A premeditated crime, for example, will often carry a more severe penalty than a similar offense committed in a moment of passion or when extenuating circumstances were involved.

In Science and Health, the textbook of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy writes: "Our courts recognize evidence to prove the motive as well as the commission of a crime. Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act? Is not mortal mind the murderer? The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder."

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