• Premeditation implies clear preconceived intent to kill. There are instances where circumstances present an immediacy that may unintentionally result in a death.
    • Linda Joy
      Yes but murder and attempted murder are both premeditated. Manslaughter is not premeditated.
    • Thriftymaid
      Attempted murder carries the same penalties as murder. You simply cannot be convicted of a crime that you didn't do. There are specific elements to each. Having a read in your state criminal code might clear things up for you.
    • Linda Joy
      "Almost every jurisdiction world-wide punishes the attempt that succeeds more severely than the attempt that fails.' For example, murder is punished more severely than attempted murder.";Does
  • It's relatively modern idea in law, around 1800, that a failed attempt is even considered criminal.
    • Linda Joy
      ( gasps in horror!) I didn't know that! Obviously I disagree.
  • probably
    • Linda Joy
  • There already is a distinction between murder and attempted murder. One person ends up dead and the other one the person does not end up dead. That's a huge difference

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