slum.lordinb4 CJ freshman legal scholars
She is being charged with involuntary manslaughter not manslaughter, and in the legal world there are some substantial differences in definition and punishment between the two. This really is dependent on state statutes... so depending on where you live keep in mind the outcome for this situation occurring in your area may be completely different.
According to Massachusetts Statutes (MGL Title I, Chapter 265, Section 13) Involuntary Manslaughter is defined as:
1) An unlawful killing that was unintentionally caused as the result of the defendants' wanton or reckless conduct; or
2) ) An unlawful killing that resulted during the commission of a dangerous battery by a defendant
She's being charged in by definition #1 because she by the act of sending those text messages did although unintentionally, did act in a wanton or reckless manner by creating the heightening risk or substantial harm. And for those of you who say "well that the fuck defines that"..
The definition of "unintentionally" is the person did intend to commit the act that ultimately caused the death of the victim, but the defendant did not intend to actually cause the death itself.
The definition of "wanton or reckless conduct" is conduct which creates a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm will result to another person. An example is Russian Roulette.
Meh, I don't think anyone who knows what manslaughter is was confused by just saying "manslaughter". Sure it's not specific as to which of the two we're talking about, but it's also pretty obvious in this case. You're making it out like some kind of crazy revelation, and saying that it may be super different in different states. Generally there are 2 types of involuntary manslaughter and it's not extremely different where you go.
I think your use of Russian Roulette as an example of involuntary manslaughter is poor. A better example would be pointing a gun at someone thinking it's empty and then pulling the trigger and killing them. This girl didn't actually DO anything to kill this dude. In Russian Roulette, and this case, the victim kills themselves and I think that makes calling this manslaughter strange and difficult. Maybe not impossible, but shaky at best in my opinion.
It sure feels like this bitch did something disgusting and illegal, but the reason this case is so interesting is that when you try to say what that something is.....I'm coming up blank. When it comes down to it she was just a shitty person. She doesn't threaten him or anything. Any other ideas? I'm at a loss.