Just saw this on tv too.I am unsure what this means.I believe manslaughter is for negligence and instigated murder(lesser charge than 2nd)....not 2nd degree intentional and ill will.
I believe Negligent Homicide is for negligence...like drunk driving or a hit-and-run...and manslaughter is more like a murder that wasn't intended to be murder...like pushing someone too hard and they hit their head so hard it killed them...or firing a weapon you didn't intend to fire but the stress of the situation made you do it without thinking.
Quoting MomTiara19:Just saw this on tv too.I am unsure what this means.I believe manslaughter is for negligence and instigated murder(lesser charge than 2nd)....not 2nd degree intentional and ill will.
I just posted the same exact thing in this group almost verbatim. Anywho, I think it means 2nd degree murder is off the table and they are considering Manslaughter.
I don't think it means anything. Zimmerman killed Martin. That's a fact, and hasn't been disputed. Their job is to take the evidence, and try to match it to whichever punishment (or non-punishment) set forth by the law. They could have asked for a clarification on any of the possible convictions. But that doesn't mean any of the others have been ruled out.
I think it could mean anything. I think that I would ask for clarification on the manslaughter instructions also after reading the jury instructions in that part. It's a little confusing.
I don't really think it means much more than they want to be very accurate and sur of the decisions that they make due to not only the seriousness of the charges but also because the whole country is watching and divided over this.
I could be wrong about this because I really don't care enough to follow it to the letter but from what I hear the jury does not necessarily know what penalty a manslaughter charge holds and that is why the defense was so uncomfortable about manslaughter being introduced in fear that a jury may not quite think it's murder 2 so they compromise and convict on manslaughter not realizing that it carries up to 30 years.
I don't know maybe now that the trial is over and it is in deliberation the jury will be informed on what exactly it means but I know at least during the trial it was being held from them.
I really do not know and don't care to speculate.A few of the ladies in this post are really nasty wow.
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