A jury of seven men and five women in New York Wednesday found pharmaceuticals executive Gigi Jordan, 53, guilty of first-degree manslaughter for feeding her autistic 8-year-old son a lethal drug.
Homicide is a legal term for any killing of a human being by another human being. Homicide itself is not necessarily a crime --some homicides are legal, such as a justifiable killing of a suspect by the police or a killing done in self-defense -- but unlawfulhomicides are classified as crimes like murder and manslaughter.
Most people are aware that murder and manslaughter are distinct crimes. They might even know that each has subcategories—murder is either in the first or second degree, while manslaughter is either voluntary or involuntary.
Opening statements are underway in the trial of two California police officers charged in the death of a homeless man whose family says was schizophrenic.
The Jury has finally reached a verdict in the trial of Jodi Arias. Arias has been charged for killing her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Arias had first denied any involvement in the death and blamed the killing on two masked intruders. Two-years after her arrest Arias is using self-defense for the killing of Alexander. After a four-month trial of graphic details of their sexual adventures and photographs of Alexander just before his death jurors are to present a verdict after deliberating for 15 hours Friday afternoon.
A person accused of a violent crime can legitimately claim that the violence was necessary for self-defense. A legitimate self-defense claim legally justifies an acquittal.