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Questions tagged [manslaughter]

The act of a human killing another human, in a manner considered by law less culpable than murder.

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Why isn't voluntary manslaughter punished equally to murder?

I can't wrap my head around the fact that in many legal systems, the punishment for "voluntary manslaughter" (or similar) is different than the punishment for "first degree murder" (or similar). Some ...
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Marshae Jones' case: Manslaughter when shot, would it make a difference when baby was born?

This is very specific to the reported case of Marshae Jones, from what I learned in the article from The Guardian: Alabama: pregnant woman shot in stomach is charged in fetus's death The given ...
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MMA Fighter knowingly slays their opponent with a legal hit, is it manslaughter

In an american MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) sanctioned match, one fighter executes a newly created technique, we'll call it the "five-point palm exploding heart technique" upon their opponent. Said ...
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Manslaughter or Negligence -does not inform all risks in surgery which results in death of a patient

Is manslaughter a potential legal consequence of treating a patient without obtaining a valid consent? i.e. A surgeon does not inform all the risks involved in the surgery to a patient, causing a ...
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Can daring someone to a dangerous act be considered manslaughter?

Last year there was a teen sentenced for manslaughter in Massachusetts for texting, calling, and encouraging her then boyfriend to commit suicide over several months; at one point telling him to ...
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Are martial artists held to a different standard?

At the beginning of the movie Con Air, the main character is presented as an ex-Green Beret who is attacked by 3 people outside a bar. He defends himself and his pregnant wife during the fight until ...
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How is sentencing determined for involuntary manslaughter with multiple victims?

How does sentencing work in cases where someone is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter where there were multiple victims? For example, someone causes a serious construction accident by negligence,...
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Is there a time limit on manslaughter charges?

Summary: Is there any automatic liability for death by health complications caused by someone already charged for causing the complication? I'm aware charges can be revisited but does it have to be ...
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Can one person be charged for producing the (inherently dangerous and possibly contraband) murder tool used by someone else?

If Person A manufactured a poison, and it was given to somebody else by Person B, without Person A's knowledge, what could Person A be charged with? I am writing a novel for NaNoWriMo and I have set ...
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Is there liability for accidental deaths of astronauts?

I read about the death of an astronaut in an exploding rocket; I don't know if it was recent or not. Would the developers of this shuttle have been subject to any legal action, or would it be ignored ...
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If a thief breaks in, gets hit on the head in a struggle and dies - is it involuntary manslaughter?

I have been reading and seeing some fiction where it was shown that a thief breaks into a house, steals, he is caught in the act, in the struggle, there is a blow to the head and the thief dies. The ...
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Kid left in hot car: What main legal factors affect if charges are brought?

If a kid gets left in a hot car (e.g. because the caretaker forgets), the kid can die. Serious criminal charges are sometimes brought against the caretaker (or caretakers, plural)... even if the car ...
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Legal implications of this prank going horribly wrong?

I remembered coming across this comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. In this comic, Tommy replaces his boss' gun with a fake that just shoots out a "Bang!" flag. Later, he breaks into his ...
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What is the difference between “murder”, “manslaughter” and “homicide”?

Do "murder", "manslaughter" and "homicide" have different legal definitions? Or are they just terms referring to the same act used in different jurisdictions?