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Name: People v. Williams
Case #: S076262
Court: CA Supreme Court
District CalSup
Opinion Date: 08/23/2001
Subsequent History: Rehrg. den. 9/26/01

The mental state for assault requires actual knowledge of the facts sufficient to establish that the defendant’s act by its nature will probably and directly result in injury to another. Assault remains a general intent crime. This case contains a good review of the Supreme Court’s 30-year effort to define the mental state necessary for assault.