COMMENT
In Need of a Fix: Reforming Criminal Law in Light of a Contemporary Understanding of Drug Addiction
Patrick Eoghan Murray* 
60 UCLA L. Rev. 1006

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Abstract

This Comment challenges the assumption that actions associated with drug addiction can be easily classified as either voluntary or involuntary. As an alternative to this black-and-white distinction, this Comment advances the concept of a semi-voluntary act category to describe more accurately a drug addict’s choice to use drugs. When limited appropriately to drug addicts rather than all drug users, this category provides an avenue for a partial affirmative defense that would result in a verdict of not guilty but responsible. This verdict would more fairly treat drug addicts who commit crimes while intoxicated by reducing the stigma of a finding of guilt and by demanding that the defendant take responsibility for their drug addiction and seek effective treatment.


* Patrick Eoghan Murray is a Senior Editor for the UCLA Law Review, Volume 60, and J.D. Candidate, 2013, at UCLA School of Law.

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