Criminal Law Class Handout #2: Reckless-Intentional Distinction in Homicide

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What is the specific focus of Class #5 and #6 in the Criminal Law Handout #2?

What does B.A.C. stand for in the context of the text?

In the case of People v. Watson, what was the defendant's Blood Alcohol Content (B.A.C.)?

What does MPC § 210.4 refer to?

What is Henke's testimony about in the case of People v. Watson?

What is the focus of Ch. 2A in the Criminal Law Handout #2?

What was the outcome of the appellate court's decision regarding the trial court's dismissal of the murder charge?

According to Justice Richardson, why did the majority reinstate the murder charge?

Why did Justice Bird disagree with the majority regarding the dismissal of the murder charge?

What charges were included in the indictment paper against Watson despite the magistrate's ruling?

What form of involuntary manslaughter is mentioned in the text?

What are the elements of murder according to California Penal Code §187(a)?

What procedure did Watson undergo at the preliminary hearing?

What was the prosecutor's action after the magistrate judge's ruling at the preliminary hearing?

What did Justice Bird consider as an incorrect standard applied by the majority?

What was Watson's action that led to the trial court's dismissal of the second-degree murder charges?

What is the common law definition of murder?

What condition must be satisfied for malice to be present under the felony murder rule?

What is a key limitation imposed by most courts on the felony murder doctrine?

Under what circumstances does malice aforethought exist in common law murder?

What is the main requirement for malice to be satisfied under the felony murder rule?

Which of the following felonies is most likely to satisfy the limitations imposed on the felony murder doctrine by most courts?

What was the initial trial date set for after Dan requested to have the trial on October 15, 2002?

How long did Dan wait before moving to dismiss the charges?

Why was Dan sitting in jail without bail for 13 months?

What was the prosecutor's excuse for delaying the trial for 8 months?

When did Dan first object to the prosecutor's request to continue with the trial?

What is the main reason why Dan's crime will not be reduced to voluntary manslaughter?

Based on the text, why could Chuck not be convicted as an accomplice in the convenience store robbery?

Why could Chuck be convicted as an accessory after the fact based on the text?

What crime could Chuck be convicted of based on his action of threatening to tell the police about the robbery unless he received a share of the stolen money?

Why could Chuck be convicted of receipt of stolen property?

When does the 6th Amendment right to a speedy trial attach?

What factors does the court consider in determining whether a defendant's right to a speedy trial has been violated?

During which stage does a principal actually engage in an act or omission that causes a criminal result?

What makes an accomplice responsible for any other crimes committed in the course of committing the crime contemplated?

What defines an accessory after the fact?

What is the underlying felony committed by Dan, Art, and Bert?

Why was Art's death foreseeable according to the text?

Why is Dan not liable for felony murder in Art's death according to the Redline exception?

What is the basis for Dan's liability for Bert's death?

Why would the felony murder rule not apply to Bert's death?

Why could Dan be convicted of second degree murder for Bert's death?

What mitigating circumstances could reduce the murder to voluntary manslaughter?

What makes Dan's liability for Bert's death different from Art's death based on the text?

What distinguishes first degree murder from second degree murder based on the text?

What led to Dan becoming angry enough to shoot Bert according to the text?


Prepare for your criminal law class with this handout covering Class #5 and #6, the Reckless-Intentional Distinction in Homicide. Explore the specific and general intent, and the case law of People v. Watson and People v. Whitfield.

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