Courts wrestle with whether manslaughter is always violent
March 7, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — Once annually, sometimes less, the full federal appeals court in New York meets to confront a perplexing legal question. Most recently, it was to decide whether shooting somebody point-blank in the face and stabbing somebody to death are violent acts.
The 14 judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan who heard arguments in U.S. v. Gerald Scott were left to decide how to label the 1998 killings that they agreed were "undoubtedly brutal."
Ultimately, the full court voted 9-to-5 this week to conclude that Scott's crimes were indeed violent. But their votes c...