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  • Michelle Carter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in text suicide case

    Rolling Stone - 06/16/2017

    For some legal experts, Carter’s actions don’t live up to the standards for the crime. “Her behavior was horrible, but it doesn’t fit perfectly with involuntary manslaughter,” Daniel Medwed, a professor at Northwestern University School of Law, tells Rolling Stone. As he explains, a classic manslaughter charge involves “a direct reckless action” – for examples, a drunk driver plowing into a pedestrian or someone firing a gun into a crowd – but here is “an indirect action because Carter’s words may have pushed Roy to do something, but ultimately Roy was the one who did it,” Medwed says. “The prosecution is saying that Carter’s words are the weapon and that she directly caused his death.”

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