(Latin: blame; responsible for wrong or error)
There are three degrees of culpa:
- Lata culpa, a gross fault or neglect.
- Levis culpa, ordinary fault or neglect.
- Levissima culpa, slight fault or neglect.
Culpability, blameworthiness. Except in cases of absolute liability, a person's criminal culpability requires demonstrable proof that he/she acted purposely, knowingly, recklessly or negligently, as the law may require, with respect to each material element of the offense.
Culpable conduct, blamable; censurable; criminal; at fault; involving the breach of a legal duty or the commission of a fault. That which is deserving of moral blame. It implies that the act or conduct spoken of is reprehensible or wrong, but not that it involves malice or a guilty purpose.
Culpa caret qui scit sed prohibere non potest. He/She is clear of blame who knows, but cannot prevent.
Culpa est immiscere se rei ad se non pertinenti. It is a fault for any one to meddle in a matter not pertaining to him/her.
Culpa in contrahendo. Term used to describe the liability that attaches to a breach of contract, especially a breach by the offeror after the offeree has begun performance in a unilateral contract and is stopped by the offeror before completion of the performance that is also the acceptance of the offer in a unilateral contract. [Would you consider this typical legalese?].
Culpa lata dolo equiparatur. Gross negligence is held to be equivalent to intentional wrong.
Culpa tenet [teneat] suos auctores. Misconduct binds [should bind] its own authors. It is a never-failing axiom that every one is accountable for his own delicts.
Culprit, one accused or charged with a commission of a crime. Also, commonly used to mean one who is guilty of a crime or a legal fault.
2. In explanations and predictions of human action and inaction culpability is a measure of the degree to which an agent; such as, a person, can be held morally or legally responsible.
3. Culpability marks the dividing line between moral evil, like murder, for which someone may be held responsible; and natural evil, like earthquakes, for which no one can be held responsible.
4. From a legal perspective, culpability describes the degree of one's blameworthiness in the commission of a crime or offense.
Except for strict liability crimes, the type and severity of punishment often follow the degree of culpability.
Sometimes an individual is just as culpable of a wrongdoing when he or she watches someone else doing something illegal and does not notify the authorities.
At the trial, the defendant was charged with culpable negligence for driving through a red traffic light.
President Trump denies any culpable responsibility for the chaos that exists in his staff.
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2. Deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy.
This principle has long been considered a cornerstone of criminal justice. A problem with this principle lies in the changing mood of the public, so what once appeared to be appropriate punishment for a given crime may now appear too lenient or too harsh.
Also interpreted to mean: "The sins of the fathers." Is it possible that what we say and do now may affect future generations?
Horace was warning anyone contemplating the commission of a crime that it is very possible that he/she will be punished!
2. Someone who is arraigned or charged for an offense or crime.
3. Someone who is guilty of a fault or crime.
4. A person who perpetrates wrongdoing.