In Reply to: Re: Questions for critical thinking posted by Observer on July 27, 2005 at 11:49:44:
As far as I know, you are correct. There's also a charge of "vehicular homicide." Manslaughter is a lesser charge that implies a lowered responsibility for criminal behavior than Murder.
I brought this up because I've been thinking about the dialog between 2nd & 1st gen that goes on around an adult who "chooses" to join an abusive cult versus an adult who is brainwashed into acceptance of abuse.
Question is, how much responsibility does an adult have for promoting and participating in a crime if s/he is brainwashed into accepting the crime as normal or even desirable? With brainwashing, we can argue that the person's judgment has been impaired. We might even say the person doesn't know something is a crime because s/he has been tricked into believing it isn't really a crime. Nevertheless, ignorance of the law is not a defense that will stand up in court.