manslaughter

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The unlawful, unjustifiable, and/or inexcusable killing of one human by another, under circumstances lacking premeditation, deliberation, and express or implied malice

manslaughter

Forensic medicine The unlawful, unjustifiable, and/or inexcusable, killing of one human by another, under circumstances lacking premeditation, deliberation, and express or implied malice. See Serial killer. Cf Murder.
Manslaughter  
Voluntary That which is committed voluntarily in a heat of passion
Involuntary That which occurs when a person commits an unlawful act that is not felonious or tending to cause great bodily harm, or when a person is committing a lawful act without due caution or requisite skill–eg a surgeon performing an operation while intoxicated, and inadvertently kills another

manslaughter

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A form of homicide in which the killing of another person is not the result of malice. On occasion, health care professionals who have withheld certain forms of treatment have been charged and convicted of manslaughter. Patients also may be charged with manslaughter (e.g., if failure to follow medical advice not to drive an automobile results in a fatal crash).
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Accordingly, we find a voluntary manslaughter charge is not justified where the state asks us to theorize on whether defendant was under a sudden heat of passion, especially where the totality of the evidence suggests she was not.
A person commits the crime of voluntary manslaughter if he [c]auses the death of another person under circumstances that would constitute murder in the second degree under subdivision (1) of subsection 1 of section 565.021, except that he caused the death under the influence of sudden passion arising from adequate cause.
Slough, 35, was convicted of 13 counts of voluntary manslaughter and 17 charges of attempted murder.
For example, voluntary manslaughter could be translated as "omor urmat de sinucidere, institutie specifica dreptului englez" with an additional explanation of what is the privilege involved; e.g., whether it refers to a suicide pact, diminished responsibility or provocation.
Kansas law defines voluntary manslaughter as "an unreasonable but honest belief" that there were circumstances to justify deadly force.
If that killing is accepted as voluntary manslaughter, the same defense could be offered in the trial of a defendant accused of killing someone who serves on the board of a hospital were abortions are performed, or who voted for a law that protects abortion rights.
In addition, the elements for the offense of attempted voluntary manslaughter will be discussed, because an understanding of the unique offense of voluntary manslaughter is crucial to correctly instructing the members.
One Blackwater guard has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and attempt to commit manslaughter over that incident.
government with voluntary manslaughter, attempt to commit manslaughter and weapons violations, for their alleged roles in the September 16, 2007, shooting at Nisur Square in Baghdad, Iraq.
In addition to voluntary manslaughter, Nazario was acquitted of assault with a dangerous weapon and of using a firearm during a crime of violence.
And a US Marine sniper has been charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the shootings deaths of two civilians in Iraq.

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