Learning Objectives

After reading and studying this chapter, you should be able to

➤ Explain the difference between murder and manslaughter

➤ Provide the elements of intentional and unintentional first degree murder, second degree murder, and manslaughter

➤ Know the difference between premeditation and deliberation

➤ Explain provocation and “heat of passion”

➤ Define the “year and a day” rule

➤ Explain the felony murder rule

➤ Provide the rationale for the felony murder rule

➤ Explain the two-part trial process for capital cases

➤ Define and list aggravating and mitigating circumstances in capital cases

➤ List the limitations on the death penalty

➤ Explain judicial override