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Some distinctions in the law are fairly clear. For example, we seem to think that bad actions deserve to be punished, actions which are not personally blameworthy should not be punished, and that injuries to innocent persons should be compensated. But there are many instances in which these two goals cannot be simultaneously served. There we partially separate them, placing each in its own primary area of law. For those instances in which a bad action occurs and no one is injured, the criminal law has a remedy (the law of attempts). For those instances in which an innocent party has been harmed but the agent of the harm was not a wrongdoer, it is the job of tort law to work out the answer.



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