How do you QUANTIFY intentions?This isn't a deposition. You got to get to the point.
Yes, you've convinced me that any legal or moral framework that relies on detecting INTENTIONS is functionally indistinguishable from witchcraft.
By your "consequentialist" view, nobody should ever be convicted of accidentally or unintentionally committing a crime.
Isn't that one of the KEY legal obstacles to convicting TRUMP of many of his CRIMES?
It's been argued that the Georgia phone call was NOT criminal if TRUMP sincerely believes that he really and truly WON.
This would magically transform the phone call from being an implicit demand for falsifying vote tallies into an honest and sincere plea for "THE TRUTH".
There was a case a few years ago where a police officer accidentally entered a neighbor's apartment, mistakenly thinking it was their own apartment and mistook their neighbor for an INTRUDER and shot them dead.
Their legal defense argued that it was not a crime because the officer sincerely believed their neighbor was an intruder.
Police are protected by a legal doctrine called "qualified immunity" which states that (IFF) the officer believed at the time that what they were doing was perfectly legal, (THEN) their case can be dismissed. [LINK]