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The Law Commission's Proposed Restructuring of Homicide

Rogers, J; (2006) The Law Commission's Proposed Restructuring of Homicide. Journal of Criminal Law , 70 (3) pp. 223-245.

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In response to a Consultation Paper from the Law Commission, I welcomed the proposals to subdivide the law of murder, but pointed out difficulties where juries could not agree on the reasons for a verdict of "second degree" murder. I also proposed that mercy killing within the family should be "second degree" murder, and explored more fully what the doctrinal scope and significance of "reckless indifference" ought to be.

Type: Article
Title: The Law Commission's Proposed Restructuring of Homicide
Additional information: The article was praised by the Law Commission in its final Report where the recommendations in this article were discussed. The article was also cited by Professor Ashworth in the Criminal Law Review.
Keywords: first degree murder, second degree murder, split juries, mercy killing, reckless indifference
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/151194
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