December 2018 Archives

Viable defenses to involuntary manslaughter depend on the facts

Unlike most crimes, involuntary manslaughter is not a crime in which the accused's state of mind or intent is an element. The California Penal Code defines it as an accidental homicide committed either during the commission of a non-felony crime or as the result of reckless conduct during a lawful activity. Under either theory, there is no allegation of intent by the accused to kill the victim. If the case is based on an allegation involving a lawful act, the prosecution must, however, prove the accused/defendant knew or should have known the conduct was such that it posed a potential danger to others.

Shoplifting is about feelings despite whether you’re rich or poor

Whoever says our feelings don’t matter is probably ignorant to the fact that feelings are often in the driver seat of our decision-making Ferrari. It is our feelings or anticipated feelings that drive us to do what we do, despite our head-knowledge on moral behavior and our agreement with what is relatively “right” and “wrong”.

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