Wk 5 Involuntary Manslaughter Discussion

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  1. Joshua Dressler, UNDERSTANDING CRIMINAL LAW (8th ed. 2018) – Chapter 31
  2. Torah and Murder: The Cities of Refuge and Anglo-American Law by Craig A. Stern :: SSRN

A is at a bar with friends, drinks numerous alcoholic beverages, and becomes legally intoxicated. Instead of choosing to have a taxi take her home when the bar closes, A gets behind the wheel of her car and drives away from the bar. Halfway to her house, A veers off the road because she is intoxicated and plows into a family van killing a mother, father and their three young children. A is arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Enraged by this event, the citizenry in the state petition the legislature to raise this offense from involuntary manslaughter to voluntary manslaughter. You are a legislator in the state. What are your arguments for or against raising this offense from involuntary manslaughter to voluntary manslaughter? Defend your position.



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A’s offense should not be raised from involuntary manslaughter to voluntary
manslaughter. In voluntary manslaughter, there is intentional killing (Dressler, 2018). A did not
have a prior intention to kill the victims. This is evident because there was no heat of passion
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