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I apologise for this long quote's intricacy, but I simply wish to practice parsing long sentences replete with negations. Below, the bolded 3 negatives (because unless is a negative conditionalunless is a negative conditional), hamstring my understanding. So please show all steps and thought processes on parsing them.

Source: p 109, How the Law Works, by Gary Slapper

However, it is possible for Acts to create offences – [...] – that do not require any mens rea, or guilty mind, in order for the defendant to be convicted. But it is right for society to be wary about the number of such offences, so the courts presume that a statute does not impose criminal liability without [the need for proof of mens rea][1] unless it specifies explicitly that that[1] is what it is doing.

I apologise for this long quote's intricacy, but I simply wish to practice parsing long sentences replete with negations. Below, the bolded 3 negatives (because unless is a negative conditional), hamstring my understanding. So please show all steps and thought processes on parsing them.

Source: p 109, How the Law Works, by Gary Slapper

However, it is possible for Acts to create offences – [...] – that do not require any mens rea, or guilty mind, in order for the defendant to be convicted. But it is right for society to be wary about the number of such offences, so the courts presume that a statute does not impose criminal liability without [the need for proof of mens rea][1] unless it specifies explicitly that that[1] is what it is doing.

I apologise for this long quote's intricacy, but I simply wish to practice parsing long sentences replete with negations. Below, the bolded 3 negatives (because unless is a negative conditional), hamstring my understanding. So please show all steps and thought processes on parsing them.

Source: p 109, How the Law Works, by Gary Slapper

However, it is possible for Acts to create offences – [...] – that do not require any mens rea, or guilty mind, in order for the defendant to be convicted. But it is right for society to be wary about the number of such offences, so the courts presume that a statute does not impose criminal liability without [the need for proof of mens rea][1] unless it specifies explicitly that that[1] is what it is doing.

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Trying How to understand threeparse 3 successive negations in a row: '... does not ... without ... unless ... ' ?

I apologise for these quotes' obtusitythis long quote's intricacy, which are purposedbut I simply wish to emphasise the difficulty that hamstrings me! In the 1st examplepractice parsing long sentences replete with negations. Below, there arethe bolded 3 negatives (because unless is a negative conditionalunless is a negative conditional), all of which obstructhamstring my understanding. Please So please show all steps and thought processes? on parsing them.

Source: p 109, How the Law Works, by Gary Slapper

However, it is possible for Acts to create offences – [...] – that do not require any mens rea, or guilty mind, in order for the defendant to be convicted. But it is right for society to be wary about the number of such offences, so the courts presume that a statute does not impose criminal liability without the[the need for proof of mens rea][1] unless it specifies explicitly that that that[1] is what it is doing.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/29/us/excerpts-from-the-supreme-court-s-ruling-on-gays-and-the-boy-scouts.html

But the freedom of expressive association, like many freedoms, is not absolute. We have held that the freedom could be overridden ''by regulations adopted to serve compelling state interests, unrelated to the suppression of ideas, that cannot be achieved through means significantly less restrictive of associational freedoms.''

Trying to understand three negations in a row

I apologise for these quotes' obtusity, which are purposed to emphasise the difficulty that hamstrings me! In the 1st example, there are 3 negatives (because unless is a negative conditional), all of which obstruct my understanding. Please show all steps and thought processes?

Source: p 109, How the Law Works, by Gary Slapper

However, it is possible for Acts to create offences – ... – that do not require any mens rea, or guilty mind, in order for the defendant to be convicted. But it is right for society to be wary about the number of such offences, so the courts presume that a statute does not impose criminal liability without the need for proof of mens rea unless it specifies explicitly that that is what it is doing.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/29/us/excerpts-from-the-supreme-court-s-ruling-on-gays-and-the-boy-scouts.html

But the freedom of expressive association, like many freedoms, is not absolute. We have held that the freedom could be overridden ''by regulations adopted to serve compelling state interests, unrelated to the suppression of ideas, that cannot be achieved through means significantly less restrictive of associational freedoms.''

How to parse 3 successive negations: '... does not ... without ... unless ... ' ?

I apologise for this long quote's intricacy, but I simply wish to practice parsing long sentences replete with negations. Below, the bolded 3 negatives (because unless is a negative conditional), hamstring my understanding. So please show all steps and thought processes on parsing them.

Source: p 109, How the Law Works, by Gary Slapper

However, it is possible for Acts to create offences – [...] – that do not require any mens rea, or guilty mind, in order for the defendant to be convicted. But it is right for society to be wary about the number of such offences, so the courts presume that a statute does not impose criminal liability without [the need for proof of mens rea][1] unless it specifies explicitly that that[1] is what it is doing.

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