Re: This is not manslaughter - This is the deliberate murder of a personJul 2nd, 2011
Who can testify to what they saw, heard or know. They can not testify to what they think may have been going through the drivers head.
Although true. By the age of 15, people have there sense of right and wrong firmly instilled.
That is entirely dependant on the circumstances.
Although true, the Jury can reject the charge. As they did in the case in the OP.
On a side note. I was at the Courthouse on the 21st, I actually watched Plunkett's wife make her statement after the Jury rejected the charge of Murder, opting instead to convict him of manslaughter. I was also there on the 29th, which was the day after the incident with the youth on hiway 48, when Nadeem Jiwa was sentenced to 12 years, minus time served.
You could feel the contempt in the air.