involuntary manslaughter


Definition of involuntary manslaughter

: manslaughter resulting from the failure to perform a legal duty expressly required to safeguard human life, from the commission of an unlawful act not constituting a felony, or from the commission of a lawful act in a negligent or improper manner

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Two men are facing involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with that blaze. Fox News, "Dozens detained in raid on vacant building in Hollywood," 12 Sep. 2018 Derick Almena and Max Harris have been charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly creating a fire trap with inadequate means of escape at the warehouse and unauthorized concert venue, known as Ghost Ship. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Two Accused in Deadly Oakland Blaze Face Trial," 16 Aug. 2018 The other 60% are charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, or even second-degree murder, depending on the circumstances (such as a history of child abuse or substance abuse). Kaitlin Menza, Good Housekeeping, "Another Forgotten Child Died in a Car — And Sadly, This Is Still Too Common," 12 May 2016 Barriss is scheduled for a separate Jan. 7 trial in Sedgwick County District Court on state charges of involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Man who made hoax call in deadly ‘swatting’ pleads guilty," 13 Nov. 2018 Flood of charges Wells’ charge of involuntary manslaughter is linked to one of those 12 deaths—that of John Snyder in 2015. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doc charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint crisis wins top health award," 12 Oct. 2018 Content from Wells Fargo The 36-year-old pleaded guilty earlier this year to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. Washington Post, "Family sees justice in teen’s death more a decade later," 11 July 2018 In 2011 his doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jordan Runtagh,, "Michael Jackson Broadway Musical Slated for 2020, Featuring the King of Pop's Songs," 19 June 2018 At that time, some of the jurors told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, seven jurors wanted to find McIver guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Georgia juries are left in the dark when it comes to punishment," 8 June 2018

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1792, in the meaning defined above

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