Murder in All Its Forms

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Murder: And all its forms Throughout the criminal justice system, news, and in many other situations the term “murder” is used quite frequently however usually incorrectly. Some people say animals or even trees get murdered, but under the law it is not murder unless a human takes the life of another human. Homicide is a lawful term for any killing of a human being by another human being. Homicide itself is not automatically a crime, some homicides are legal, such as the justifiable killing of a suspect by the police or a killing in self-defense. Unlawful homicides are classified as crimes like murder and manslaughter. This paper will explain the important but often overlooked distinctions between murder and manslaughter, and the…show more content…
The defendant could be convicted of 2nd degree murder. Depraved heart murders are unintentional but extremely reckless murders. For example, playing with a loaded gun and pointing the gun at another for fun is extremely reckless behavior. If the gun went off and killed another the defendant was pointing at it could constitute as a 2nd degree murder charge under the depraved heart murder standard. Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another human by a human that does not involve malice aforethought. The absence of malice aforethought means that manslaughter involves less moral blame than either first or second degree murder. While manslaughter is a serious crime, the punishment for it is generally less than that for murder. There are two main classes or degrees that manslaughter falls under. Those are voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter is often what is referred to as a “heat of passion” crime. Voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person is strongly provoked under circumstances that could provoke a reasonable and rationale person, and kills in the “heat of passion” aroused by that baiting. An example of this would be where a husband comes home to find his wife committing adultery. The act provokes the husband to enter such a heat of rage in that moment that he kills the other man right then and
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