Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law
Manslaughter is "the unlawful killing of a human without malice and without premeditation and deliberation. It is of two kinds: voluntary and involuntary. Criminal homicide constitutes manslaughter when: (a) it is committed recklessly; or (b) a homicide which would otherwise be murder is committed under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance for which there s reasonable explanation or excuse. The reasonableness of such explanation or excuse shall be determined from the viewpoint of a person in the actor's situation under the circumstances as he believes them to be." -From, "Black's Law Dictionary"