Kyron Huigens


This Article attempts to bring the early lesser included offense cases back to life, to uncover the origins and deeper logic of the doctrine, and to re-introduce the older, elegant solutions to the doctrine’s central problems back into current practice. With regard to the first part of State v. Workman’s two-pronged standard, this Article explores the innate wisdom of the classic elements test and a failed attempt to supplant it and then proposes changing it. With regard to the second prong, this Article proposes a wholesale replacement of the current formulation on the ground that it is fundamentally flawed. This proposed replacement is firmly based on a close and careful reading of the early cases that brings to light the true nature and purpose of the inquiry.