Crime and Punishment: Intent Makes the Difference Essay

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There are many different types of crime and punishment in medical law ranging from criminal to civil. Below I will explain the difference of criminal and civil and give descriptions of the different types of crime and punishment in the two categories. What is a criminal crime or act? The definition of criminal is anyone who has committed a criminal offense (a crime against the state) or who has been proven guilty of such an offense. Criminal crimes have two types of charges, misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is an offense less serious than a felony and which can be punished by a fine or sentence to a local prison for less than a year. A felony is a crime more serious than a misdemeanor and punishable by imprisonment for more…show more content…
We are hearing more and more about mercy killings within the medical field than murder or attempted murder. Euthanasia is also known as mercy killing. Euthanasia is defined as an intentional action or lack of action causing the merciful death of someone suffering from a terminal illness or incurable condition. Mercy Killings most often happen from relatives of the victim. A man was convicted of mercy killing when he assisted in the death of his wife by giving his wife an additional amount of morphine who was on hospice suffering from cancer. She begged for him to help her pass peacefully. He thought he was doing well by his wife’s wishes. The man was sentenced to jail for the crime of Euthanasia. In some mercy killing cases the dependent were prosecuted and sentenced to jail while others were sentenced to probation. Is it ok to allow someone to suffer or help them pass peacefully? Unfortunately I don’t think that question will ever get answered. Euthanasia is very difficult for society and the courts to determine an outcome because each case is different and unique. The opposite of Euthanasia is Manslaughter. Manslaughter is defined as an unpremeditated taking of a human life. Most often seen with judgment error from physicians or staff from a physician’s office, hospital and labs. One of the biggest examples of manslaughter is the case of the people verse Dr. Conrad Murray dealing with the death of celebrity pop star Michael Jackson. Dr.

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