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Oh, great, now it's bothering me too! They couldn't really incarcerate the innocent one, could they? I wonder if it's ever happened?
This is really a stupid question but it has been bothering me for a while. How would the court system handle a Siamese twin who murdered someone. Let's say "charlie" and "Jason" are Siamese twins. "Charlie" picks up a gun and shots someone before "Jason" can stop him. "Charlie" is obviously guilty. What happens?
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The other one would be an excessory / partner in crime which sometimes mean a lesser sentence, however in this case that would not apply. The death penalty would have to be commuted I would think.
Really this would depend a lot on the particulars of the case, the jurisdiction it happened in and the competency of the lawyers.
Now, even thou one of the conjoined twins did not commit the homicide; the question for the prosecution would be what role the other twin played in the planning, committing and possible concealment of the crime. It is most likely the twin who did not commit the offence would be seen an an accessory to the homicide, and therefore would serve some custodial sentence.
DISCLAIMER: If you are a conjoined twin reading this--this is not legal advice. If you are planning on killing someone, please consult a qualified criminal lawyer in your jurisdiction. Or hire a hit-man.
The other one would be an excessory / partner in crime which sometimes mean a lesser sentence, however in this case that would not apply.
The death penalty would have to be commuted I would think.
If only one was found guilty then the other's head could be caged for 20 years like an iron mask.
What is though that they both denied it and th jury could not agree a verdict would they both be convicted or freed?
Gets more complicated though if its one body with 2 heads! Or 3 even!