Essay on Murder Is The Killing Of A Human Being

752 Words Sep 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Homicide is the killing of a human being by another human being. In old common law, the only type of homicide recognized was murder. Today, U.S. law makes many distinctions between each type of homicide, classifying them as justifiable, excusable, or criminal, and gives varying degrees of seriousness to each type. Where criminal homicide is concerned, it can further be broken down into murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide. Each subset of criminal homicide has several elements and characteristics that distinguish one from another. Murder is defined as the unlawful, malicious, and premeditated killing of another human being. For the purpose of law, the term ‘malice’ refers to a willful and intentional act without just cause, and ‘premeditated’ means previously planned, no matter how briefly. In most jurisdictions, murder is broken down into first-degree and second-degree. First-degree murder is essentially identical with the above-given definition of murder. In some jurisdictions, including North Carolina, all first-degree murders are redundantly and conjointly categorized as capital murder. This simply signifies that the said crime is authorized to be punished with the death penalty. Murder only becomes in the second-degree (in most jurisdictions) when it was committed during the perpetration of a felony or when it is not classified in the statutes as first-degree. An example of this would be a robbery-gone-wrong wherein the victim does not comply with the robber’s…

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