Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Homicide in Chautauqua County

A link to the Buffalo News' brief coverage of the first homicide of the calendar year in Chautauqua. A sad story that hopefully will provide a cautionary tale for others.

The Post-Journal also covered the story, supplying less detail and identifying it in the headline as "murder." Semantics are important to lawyers and should be to journalists. "Murder" is a technical term under the laws of New York requiring certain intent and actions. "Homicide" is a general term for the killing of a human, which may be by "murder" or "manslaughter" or "negligent homicide" or perhaps other legal terms.


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