Criminal Law: Homicide
An editor and a publisher work at two desks near each other in the same office. They have always been friendly with each other, but now they are competing for a promotion within the office. While snooping in the publisher’s day planner, the editor saw that she has an important meeting with their boss tomorrow. The editor, upset that he was not also invited and that the publisher did not tell him about the meeting, began planning how he could sabotage the publisher’s chances for the promotion.
An hour later, the editor walked by the publisher’s desk with a large cup of hot coffee. The editor pretended to trip and spilled the coffee on the publisher’s laptop, hoping to destroy any important documents the publisher needed for the meeting the next day. However, the coffee immediately connected with a power source and caused a shock which electrocuted the publisher, killing her instantly.
What is the most serious degree of criminal homicide of which the editor can legally be convicted?
B: Voluntary manslaughter.
C: Involuntary manslaughter.
D: No degree of criminal homicide.
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