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Unlawful killing of a human by another human with malice aforethought. Related tags might be "homicide" or "manslaughter."

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Can killing be "self-defense" if you are committing a crime yourself?

Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with murder. I believe that the facts of the incident are not in dispute, because of ample video evidence: Rittenhouse was attacked, tried to escape, and when he ...
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Am I allowed to kill a person threatening me? CA, USA

You are riding a public transit train and out of nowhere a man with blue jeans takes out a P99 semiautomatic pistol and takes the passengers hostage. Luckily you have a knife on you. But you don't ...
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Why would someone face 2nd and 3rd degree murder, and manslaughter for the same killing?

A judge just dropped the 3rd degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin. He still faces a 2nd degree murder charge and a manslaughter charge. This doesn't make sense to me. How can someone face ...
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Why is murder considered a more serious crime than attempted murder?

By its sentencing guidelines (the world over?), murder is considered a more serious crime than attempted murder. If intent to kill has indeed been proven, does the latter crime reward incompetence ...
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What happens if I shoot a police officer in self-defense during a SWAT raid?

No-knock SWAT raids are very popular, especially in the US. But how do you know that the heavily armed persons are policemen? Isn't it very easy to mistake them for robbers? What if I try to defend ...
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Can you be convicted of both first- and second-degree murder?

A TV show reported a case where a man killed two teenagers and was convicted of both two counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder. Is this possible? I know that you can ...
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Can a jury always convict on a lesser included charge?

There is a question on movie stack exchange regarding the Few good men movie (spoilers) regarding why some people were not found guilty of first degree murder but only of a factually fully different ...
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What crime is hiring someone to kill you and then killing the hitman?

Suppose that yesterday I was suicidal and decided to hire a hitman on the internet to kill me. Today, when they turn up, I have changed my mind and defend myself by killing the hitman. What crime(s) ...
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Convicted for murder and "victim" found alive

In two works of fiction I read or saw, a person was convicted for murder when the victim was actually alive. (In one case, not quite alive - police take finger prints of an unknown 30 year old woman, ...
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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?
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Can you be convicted for being a murderer twice?

Germany has this weird specialty¹ in its criminal law's murder paragraph. While most paragraphs say something like “The person who does A is punished with B”, the murder paragraph (“Strafgesetzbuch § ...
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Can a six year old be charged?

CONTEXT: Assume that the six year old does not understand the concepts of life / death / murder / assault. Can the ...
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What prevents someone from claiming to be the murderer in order to get the real murderer off?

Say someone is on trial for a murder they committed. During the trial, one of the witnesses, a friend of the defendant, admits that it was actually they who were the killer. It seems that this would ...
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What crime has someone committed if they "kill" someone who is already dead?

Was watching a police drama (a classic "Taggart" episode) where this was a plotline. A wife shot her husband while he was "sleeping", and subsequently confessed to his murder. Yet (this being ...
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What constitutes murder in war?

So, there is a man, Gibril Massaquoi, on trial in Finland for things he allegedly did during the Liberian Civil War. Among the charges is murder. Here's the thing: in war, it is generally to be hoped ...
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Why was Charles Manson convicted of murder?

Charles Manson's sentence is for first-degree murder. This is defined as "any intentional murder that is willful and premeditated with malice aforethought. " How can this be the case if he ...
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Locked room double murder

Consider a hypothetical room with in it two murder victims. Two people are both suspects of both murders. There is overwhelming evidence to show that the victims were not killed by the same person. It ...
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Why did double jeopardy not apply in the O.J. case?

On 1995 O.J. was found not guilty in the famous murder case. This was in criminal court and after that he was tried for the same thing in civil court - except this time it was called wrongful death ...
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Does the guilt of the victim affect the validity of a crime of passion

I just watched the movie 'A Time To Kill'. If you don't know it, it is about the trial of a man who kills the 2 men that violently raped and assulted his daughter. In the end, he was found innocent by ...
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United States citizen crosses Canadian border and murders someone. Who prosecutes the killer?

Would like this question answered, as I have the scenario in the book I am currently writing. Would like to ensure I am providing my readers probable outcome for the killer. A United States citizen ...
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Is it legal to intentionally manipulate a person towards suicide?

I think this should count as murder (attempted murder if the victim does not fall prey that is), since there is an intention to kill and the process is plotted and carried out ruthless with ...
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Legality of mercy killing

I understand that there are multiple question on here regarding mercy killing, assisted suicide and euthanasia but as I've read, the specifics of the situation are crucial to the legality of it and my ...
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Double Jeopardy?

A woman is thought to have been murdered (corrected this first sentence from a previous comment). A man is arrested for it. He is offered a plea bargain deal that will get him 15 years or he can take ...
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