posted on Apr, 2 2012 @ 03:00 PM
reply to post by mamabeth
That’s one of the things that grates my nerves about the US Justice system concerning cases that involve the death of a individual.
The varying degrees.
2nd degree Murder
1st degree Murder
I realize that I have a simplistic view, my take on it is; if you take some ones else’s life, it was either intentional or not.
In my thinking if you are tried and found guilty of Unintentional Manslaughter, it was due to an accident or negligence on your part.
If you decide that your life is in jeopardy while someone is breaking into your home and you shoot them, then it is Justifiable Homicide, but you did
think, meaning it was intentional, before acting, even if it was only momentarily. I do understand that in moments like this the thinking is more
emotional rather than rational, but I’m good with that.
The other degrees of murder are just plea bargaining in my book.
See why I like exercises like this? It makes me break out of my comfortable way of thinking.