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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Wells was unexpectedly slapped with the involuntary manslaughter charge in October of last year. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doc charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint crisis wins top health award," 12 Oct. 2018 In April, a jury found Swartz not guilty of second-degree murder, however it was deadlocked on the lesser charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "A Court Ruled the Family of a Mexican Teen Killed by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent Can Sue," 8 Aug. 2018 The pilot pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Federal Officials Probing Duck Boat Sinking Focus on Weather Warnings," 22 July 2018 Last May, Bresha agreed to a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Chris Harris,, "Ohio Teen Who Killed Allegedly Abusive Dad and Was Called 'Hero' by Mom Is Released From Custody," 6 Feb. 2018 But maybe not: Director Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the 2014 death of camera operator Sarah Jones on the set of his Midnight Rider in Georgia. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "How much longer will 'auteur' filmmakers torment women for art?," 6 Feb. 2018 Attorneys for Michelle Carter, who was sentenced last summer to 15 months in jail for pressuring her boyfriend into taking his own life, filed papers with the state’s highest court on Friday appealing her conviction for involuntary manslaughter. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Michelle Carter’s attorneys appeal her conviction for involuntary manslaughter," 1 July 2018 On Thursday, a Clermont County Grand Jury indicted Stasha Kinman, 25, and Benjamin Kinman, 82, for involuntary manslaughter, endangering children obstructing justice. Sarah Brookbank,, "Family members charged after 6-year-old takes grandfather's medication, dies," 27 Apr. 2018 In the state case, Barriss is charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Roxana Hegemen,, "Local gamer pleads not guilty in 'swatting' death," 14 June 2018

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1792, in the meaning defined above

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