The Law Governing the Use of Force

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 234
  • Published : August 28, 2011
Open Document
Text Preview
The Law Governing the Use of Force
Strayer University
Criminal Law
Professor Scott Ciocco
March 06, 2011

I intend to show how the 19 year old female committed the criminal act of first degree murder and how a 62 year old elderly man committed manslaughter protecting his home. The 19 year old female went out with two male friends who came back to her home and raped her. After thinking about the horrific act that happened to her, she decided to invite them back for anotheI ir “date”. When the men came to her home, she shot and killed one of them as the other man fled. The 62 year old man was asleep in his home when he heard a noise in another part of his house. The elderly man armed himself with a loaded pistol and went into the hallway. When they began to approach him, he shot and killed both of them. Were the acts forceful? Were they justifiable?

The Law Governing the Use of Force
The 19 year old female defendant was out with two men she apparently knew and eventually the outing ended with them returning to her domain. Since we do not know exactly what took place, let’s envision her being forcibly raped by the alleged as one held her while the other raped her, and vice versa. After the alleged assailants departed, the defendant showed signs of anger and disillusion. At this time, the defendant began to plot a way(s) to punish the men so they will not ever harm her or any other woman again. Still envisioning, the defendant loaded the gun with live ammunition and waited for her predators to come. Maybe she did not want to kill them! Maybe she only wanted to frighten them or harm them in a way they would never attempt to do to anyone else what they did to her. BUT, she did load the gun and when they appeared she aimed the gun and pulled the trigger knowing the bullets would cause bodily harm that could also cause death. The law states that pointing a firearm at another person and pulling the trigger to kill or...