Murder, dereliction of duty: what's the difference?

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Murder, dereliction of duty: what's the difference?

Postby Penta » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:14 am

They're much of a muchness, obviously.

Murder charges have been dropped against a US marine who admitted to a court-martial that he shot dead an unarmed Iraqi in Falluja in 2004.

Sgt Jermaine Nelson pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of dereliction of duty and faces a one-year sentence.

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8282789.stm
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Re: Murder, dereliction of duty: what's the difference?

Postby Michael » Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:46 pm

Seems to me the difference is between bad intent and bad judgment. Kind of like the difference between arson and falling asleep with a lit cigarette in your hand. Sometimes the lines get blurred and the end result can be the same, but generally there is a difference.
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