Manslaughter - Voluntary

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Voluntary manslaughter is an act of murder that is reduced to manslaughter because of extenuating circumstances.[1] This charge is also known as manslaughter in the first degree, unintentional murder, or intentional manslaughter.

Model Penal Code

Under the Model Penal Code section 210.3, voluntary manslaughter is homicide which would otherwise be murder that is committed under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance for which there is reasonable explanation or excuse. The Code uses a reasonable person standard to determine the validity of the alleged explanation or excuse. Voluntary manslaughter, like involuntary manslaughter, is a second degree felony.[2]

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  1. Black's Law Dictionary, 9th Edition (2009)
  2. Model Penal Code, § 210.3 (2001)