Criminal Law Vs Inchoate Crimes
Plato, the philosopher, stated, “If anyone has a purpose and intention to slay another. . . but is unable to kill him, he who had intent and has wounded him is not to be pitied. . . but should be regarded as a murderer and be tried for murder” (Laws 223). Written around the time 360 B.C. Plato clearly believed in a similar idea to the inchoate crime, criminal attempt. Although Plato 's view regarding punishment may be a little harsh, the idea of punishing the individual who attempted the murder is different than that of later ideas. Almost one thousand years later, English nobleman Henry of Bracton stated, “for what harm did the attempt cause, since the injury took no effect” (p. 273). Henry would have taken a different stance on criminal attempt. Instead of convicting the individual for the murder because there was an attempt, he would rather let them go since it was not successful. Henry’s stance on criminal attempt was favored in England 's common law until the 1500 's (p. 273).