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Old December 24, 2011, 12:13 AM   #23
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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And just for a little general legal background:

[1] An information is a charge filed by the District Attorney. It's not always necessary, depending on state law, to seek an indictment from a grand jury. An information works just as well.

[2] A conviction of manslaughter indicates that the jury didn't find that the defendant acted with malice (evil) intent, but it is a finding of criminal culpability. A verdict of manslaughter is common if the jury finds that the defendant acted impulsively in the heat of the moment or acted recklessly.

[3] It appears that in the case Hook686 called to our attention that the jury verdict was appealed and that the verdict was upheld by the court of appeals.

[4] Note that legal expenses through a jury trial can easily run from $50,000 to $150,000, or even more. And an appeal doesn't come cheap either.
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