October 17, 2017
Some notable recent examples of involuntary manslaughter charges in Ohio
As noted (too) briefly in class, Ohio has a somewhat unique set of involuntary manslaughter provisions because they do not address reckless killing, but do cover deaths caused as a proximate result of other criminal activities. Of late, one can find lots of different local stories of involuntary manslaughter charges being filed after a person dies from an opioid overdose. Some examples of these stories, along with a few other recent cases in which Ohio prosecutors brought involuntary manslaughter charges, are linked below:
Though nobody should feel compelled to review all these stories, it might be useful to review some of the facts in these cases in order to imagine how a prosecutor in Oliwood might consider possible homicide charges under the Model Penal Code.
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