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Learn about the requirements for a reduced charge of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, where a killing is not sufficiently blameworthy to justify a murder charge.


Welcome back to our discussion of homicide; now that we've covered murder, let's turn to manslaughter. You can think of manslaughter as a killing that is less blameworthy for some reason than murder; it's an unlawful killing without malice aforethought.

There are two types of manslaughter: voluntary and involuntary. We'll start by looking at voluntary manslaughter. Under the common law, voluntary manslaughter is an intentional homicide in which the defendant's malice is mitigated by passion...