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  Michael Jackson’s doctor to be charged with manslaughter
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office plans to charge Michael Jackson’s doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, with manslaughter. California Penal Code section 192 defines manslaughter as “the unlawful killing of a human being without malice”.  There are three types of manslaughter — voluntary, involuntary and vehicular.  Voluntary manslaughter, a violation of Penal Code section 192(a), usually applies upon a sudden quarrel or during the heat of passion.  Voluntary manslaughter is a felony that carries a sentence range of 3-6-11 years.  Involuntary manslaughter, a violation of Penal Code section 192(b), can be committed during the commission of any unlawful non-felony act OR in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.  Involuntary manslaughter is a felony that carries a sentence range of 2-3-4 years.  Vehicular manslaughter involves an act of driving and depending on the circumstances, can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor.
If the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office files manslaughter charges against Dr. Conrad, then it will most likely be involuntary manslaughter.
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