For example on March 21, 2010, Kathy Powell, the mother of 21 year old Taylor Powell, who was brutally murdered by Jarrod Wyatt outside Klamath, Oregon, said the suspect's recent insanity plea was a complete lie. Mrs. Powell said she knows little about what happened that night, but voiced frustration about the defense's efforts to suggest her son somehow instigated the fight that led to his death. Wyatt, age 26, was being charged with murder, aggravated mayhem, and torture. He pleaded a dual plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. Along with the family’s devastation, they are also particularly worried about Taylor's brother, Andrew, who learned of the killing while on duty with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne in Afghanistan.
Through researching this case and reading the play, Twelve Angry Men, one can infer that the jurors from this play would hav/e great difficulty in coming to a verdict in the Menendez Trial. On August 20th, 1989 Lyle and Erik Menendez killed their parents inside their Beverly Hills home with fifteen shot gun blasts after years of alleged “sexual, psychological, and corporal abuse” (Berns 25). According to the author of “Murder as Therapy”, “The defense has done a marvelous job of assisting the brothers in playing up their victim roles” (Goldman 1). Because there was so much evidence piled up against the brothers, the defense team was forced to play to the jurors’ emotions if they wanted a chance at an acquittal. Prosecutor Pamela Bozanich was forced to concede that “Jose and Kitty obviously had terrific flaws-most people do in the course of reminding jurors that the case was about murder, not child abuse” (Adler 103).
The defendant, Harry in this case must be proved to have caused the victim’s death. In this instance two matters need to be considered. Whether the defendant in fact caused the victim’s death and if so, if it can he be held to have caused it in the eyes of the law. Regarding causation in law, in R v Smith  2 QB 35 it was held that ‘the defendant’s act would be regarded as the cause in Law, if it could be shown that it was the operating and substantial cause of death,’ which we see here. It is clearly illustrated that Harry in fact, caused William’s death instantly by driving the lemon slicer into his heart.
In this case the accused, Mr Cheatham stabbed his wife, three old year old daughter and three month old daughter numerous times. His wife and older daughter died from their wounds but skilled surgery managed to save the life of his three-month-old daughter. The prosecution would want to try the accused for two counts of murder (of his wife and older child) and one count of attempted murder (the younger child). However, the accused may be able to argue the defence of insanity, or in the alternative, diminished responsibility, which would result in either acquittal or a murder conviction being reduced to manslaughter. Firstly what the prosecution must prove to gain a conviction on the charges will be discussed.
Biju Radhakishnan was arrested in Coimbatore on June 17, 2013, for the murder of his wife Reshmi on February 4, 2006. Reshmi’s elder son was an eye witness to this act. Case has been registered against Biju for Murder, Harassment of women, Destroying of evidence and man handling of his elder son. It is indeed a mystery how Biju contrived to escape from the police for more than seven years. The case sheet shows that Biju gave his wife Reshmi liquor and murdered her after dragging her into the toilet.
Garry Rainnie stated, “it was about the killing of a human being” (Sheehy 115). Clearly, Rainnie did not deny John was a cruel father, husband and person, however, he still believed Kim should be found guilty of the murder she committed. Rainnie claimed that she killed John out of Jealousy as he was going to leave her for his girlfriend, Karla Sweeting (Sheehy 89). John had asked Karla to marry him four days before his murder occurred. Rainnie used the testimonies of Jennifer and Christopher to ask the harrying question, “why did she not leave,” (Sheehy 93, 101).
'Liability in criminal law normally requires the prosecution to establish that the accused has caused the relevant prohibited consequences or conduct to occur. For instance, in homicide, that the accused has caused the victims death.' Within the English Legal System, the chain of causation is established via numerous principles, which have been recognised by case law, as the problem areas have come before courts. It is clear that when ascertaining whether the defendant is the person to fix liability, the courts will look at two main issues. The first being whether, the defendants conduct had actually resulted in the death of the victim and secondly whether the defendants conduct made him liable under English law.
Scott Peterson had his preliminary hearing on April 17, 2003. Superior Court Judge Al Girolami ordered Scott Peterson to stand trial on two counts of murder. Peterson’s arraignment quickly followed. Peterson was arraigned on April 21, 2003. The Prosecution charged him with the following: Count I: On or about and between December 23, 2002 and December 24, 2002, the defendant did commit a felony, Murder, violation of Section 187 of the California Penal Code; the defendant did willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously and with malice aforethought murder Laci Denise Peterson, a human being.
While watching “Training Day” I was able to identify three criminal charges from Chapter 940, two charges from Chapter 943, and three charges from 946. I also could determine whether each were a Felony or a Misdemeanor, including the classification and punishment that goes with each. I could also explain if the actors could be charged with “conspiracy” or not. I also explained all the elements of the crime as well. The first crime that I would charge from Chapter 940 is First-Degree Intentional Homicide.
This essay will discuss a murder crime occurred in Adelaide and will explain the crime causation along with the relevant theory. The criminal case covered in this essay involve a triple family murder done by an 18 year old student named Jason Alexander Downie. Jason migrated from Kilmarnock, Scotland to Adelaide, Australia in 2006 with his mother. He was known to have sexual infatuation with a 16 year old named Chantelle Rowe (Shears 2012) and was jealous with one of his friend who was dating her. Downie’s lawyer said that his client has no intention killing anyone and only wanted to “confront Chantelle’s boyfriend in the mistaken belief that he was staying [at her home... ... middle of paper ... ...2012-04-18/kapunda-killer-jason-downie-motive/3957046 [Accessed: 12 Apr 2014].