Thursday, January 28, 2010
Judge Rules out Manslaughter for Dr. Tiller's Murderer
Salon.com: Shooting Tiller was murder, by Tracy Clark-Flory:
...and not voluntary manslaughter, a judge rules
You can breathe a sigh of relief, because after all that worry, it turns out Scott Roeder will not be given a chance at a lesser charge in the murder of Dr. George Tiller. After the defense rested its case Thursday, the judge ruled that the jury cannot consider a voluntary manslaughter charge, which Kansas law defines as "an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified deadly force" and carries a slim four to six year sentence. . . .