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The Ramifications of the Texting Manslaughter Case

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A young woman recently made national headlines after being found guilty of manslaughter in an unusual case. The woman had texted her boyfriend, encouraging him to commit suicide. In his decision, the judge in the case called the woman reckless. The woman's case is the first in which someone has been convicted of such a serious crime for what many believe to be protected under the First Amendment: free speech. To be clear, the woman was convicted for involuntary manslaughter. The definition for that crime is "an unintentional killing resulting from recklessness or criminal negligence." Some in the legal community are...

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