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Some Helpful Definitions

Sep 29, 2011 | | Definitions, Michael Jackson homicide trial | No Comments

You will hear these terms in discussions of the trial of Conrad Murray for the death of Michael Jackson.  Here are some brief definitions: 

Homicide:  The killing of one human being by another.  Distinguish from murder.

Murder:  The unlawful killing of a human being by another with malice (express or implied).

Involuntary manslaughter:  The commission of an unlawful act, or the commission of a risky lawful act without due caution, which causes the death of another.

Negligence:  Omitting something a reasonable person would do, or doing something a reasonable person would not do.

Gross negligence:  The intentional failure to perform a duty in reckless disregard for the life or rights of another.

Controlled substance:  A substance whose availability is restricted by a federal or state controlled substances act.  Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, a controlled substance is placed into one of five schedules based on whether it has a currently accepted medical use, its relative abuse potential, and the likelihood of causing dependence.

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