Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Clayton Weatherston: the verdict

Guilty of murder. Thank goodness. I really didn't understand how it could be ruled otherwise.

Is there a petition out against this whole provocation-is-a-good-reason-for-murder thing? Cos I'd sign that.

(Yes, I know the law doesn't say it's a good reason, per se. But if provocation can be used as a valid reason to downgrade a murder charge to the lesser charge of manslaughter, then that's almost what the law is saying. My opinion? That particular piece of law is wrong. Someone provokes you, you learn to take it rather than killing them. Still entirely your fault — still intent to kill — whether or not the murder is provoked.)

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