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To: NormsRevenge

Negligent homicide is weird like that. It involves someone doing something stupid that just happens to kill people by accident. Sentencing someone for stupidity is tricky.


4 posted on 05/10/2006 1:36:24 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Gordongekko909
Negligent homicide is weird like that. It involves someone doing something stupid that just happens to kill people by accident. Sentencing someone for stupidity is tricky.

I agree. This man has ruined his own life through his carelessness, and he had no intention of harming anyone. I think the jail sentence is appropriate, though I can imagine that the families don't think so.

17 posted on 05/10/2006 1:46:12 PM PDT by American Quilter
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To: Gordongekko909

"Sentencing someone for stupidity is tricky."

I agree. You want a sufficintly harsh penalty -- not so much to punish as to make an example for others. I'm sure that the band manager realized that he had f'd up, and was sorry for it, just as soon as it happened. The bar owners should get harsher penalties, in my book, for using flammable materials inside the club. The Cocoanut Grove fire was a long time ago, and not too far from R.I. I thought that the lessons learned in that fire would stay learned. Apparently not.


21 posted on 05/10/2006 1:54:46 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Gordongekko909
Here's someone who got 10 years for seriously injuring someone while drunk driving.

http://www.recordcourier.com/article/20060510/News/105100014
22 posted on 05/10/2006 1:55:13 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Gordongekko909
Negligent homicide is weird like that. It involves someone doing something stupid that just happens to kill people by accident. Sentencing someone for stupidity is tricky.

I wasn't privvy to the original trial, but my understanding of involuntary manslaughter laws is that the prosecution must show that a reasonable person would have been able to foresee that the defendant's actions could cause death in roughly the same fashion that death actually occurred.

I would have argued (I don't know if the defense did) that while a reasonable person would have expected that the fireworks could cause a fire, a reasonable person would not have foreseen that such a fire could within three seconds grow beyond the abilities of fire extinguishers to deal with.

33 posted on 05/10/2006 4:13:16 PM PDT by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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