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  • #76
    <<Which indeed would be more adequate for vegetable life-forms.>>

    Well, the Vorlon ships do look like flowers...

    <<Lennier sinned by omision, not by action. He left Sheridan to die.
    The interrogator actively tortured him, that would make him a criminal in Sheridan's eyes IMO.>>

    Semantics. Lennier committed pre-meditated attempted murder. He thought about it, and clearly chose to let John die. Jealousy over Delenn? Probably. But I don't think anything like temporary insanity would apply here.
    Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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    • #77
      Pre-meditation indicates that he planned the murder before the execution of the act. Unless he was responsible for the leak or whatever the accident was, that's nowhere near true. Five seconds of reaction time as he stared googly-eyed through the door does not amount to planning.

      If you're gonna claim semantics, don't yank the claim beyond what's true and what's not.
      Radhil Trebors
      Persona Under Construction

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      • #78
        <<If you're gonna claim semantics, don't yank the claim beyond what's true and what's not.>>

        It was pre-meditation. If a gangbanger is leaning on his 64 Impala and a rival gang storms around the corner and the first gang member figures they are going to do a drive-by and so decides to shoot first and kills three people, it's pre-meditation.

        If it wasn't pre-meditation, then it was murder, cut and dry.

        EDIT: Just to preempt any questions, I found my old criminal justice book..."willfull killing of another being, with malice aforethought." I don't think ole Lennier was hoping to let John get a good sweat in the sauna.

        Here is the thing with Lennier...I never liked him. I liked the character, but in the context of myself being one of the other characters, I didn't like him. There has always been something sinister behind him, and so when I saw that ep where he tries to kill Sheridan, I totally flipped out because it was expected, but not expected.
        Last edited by Dr Maturin; 09-25-2004, 12:29 AM.
        Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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        • #79
          From Webster's Online, Under the Legal section
          PREMEDITATION. A design formed to commit a crime or to do some other thing before it is done.
          2. Premeditation differs essentially from will, which constitutes the crime, because it supposes besides an actual will, a deliberation and a continued persistence which indicate more perversity. The preparation of arms or other instruments required for the execution of the crime, are indications of a premeditation, but are not absolute proof of it, as these preparations may have been intended for other purposes, and then suddenly changed to the performance of the criminal act. Murder by poisoning must of necessity be done with premeditation. See Aforethought; Murder.

          Intent to kill - as surely Lennier did so, not claiming the man is a saint, or is anything short of damned for it - is not pre-meditation. Intent is the difference between murder and manslaughter, not murder and pre-meditated murder.

          Get yourself a clearer justice book.
          Radhil Trebors
          Persona Under Construction

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          • #80
            <<Get yourself a clearer justice book.>>

            Sir! Yes, sir!
            Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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            • #81
              Originally posted by Z'ha'dumDweller
              <<Get yourself a clearer justice book.>>

              Sir! Yes, sir!
              He is right, and you are so wrong. Premeditation is the word. For some reason you have no clue what the mean pre means. It means before or prior to. That means you think about it ahead of time, not 5 seconds before the act. The second part of the word is meditation, which is deep concentrated thought. You meditate (usually) alone in silence, for an extended period of time. You don't do this leaning on an Impala watching traffic, or walking down the halls of a starship.

              Then, for some reason you use the word murder. That involves killing. Lennier took no action to kill Sheridan, he simply decided not to help him.

              Your example is poor, and you really need to consult a dictionary. You are showing flagrant disregard for the common definitions of words, that would get you an 'F' in grade school English classes.

              Lennier's actions were opportunistic, not premeditated. His actions were a crime of neglect.

              What are you going to say next, that something inflammable won't burn?

              As JMS says
              It makes it hard to have this conversation with you if your comments don't touch reality at any two contiguous points.
              Last edited by NotKosh; 09-25-2004, 12:33 PM.
              "I am not a number! I am a free man!"

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              • #82
                Taking a page out of Radhil's book, you, NotKosh, need to go back and read my posts.

                To me, whether or not it was "pre-meditated," Lennier should have been tried and convicted. A nice thirty year prison sentence make him rethink his actions.
                Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by NotKosh
                  Then, for some reason you use the word murder. That involves killing. Lennier took no action to kill Sheridan, he simply decided not to help him.
                  In some (probably many) circles of thought, that does amount to murder, especially when the action to be taken involves no risk to the helper at all. Opening the door to let them out is an absurdly simple thing.

                  Or to yank from further TV - last season of 24. A man is dying from a heart attack or some sudden onset. He has meds that can save him. You know this, and he can't get to them. You stand there and watch him die, instead of getting his meds. That amounts to murder, or is at the very least skating the thin-ice over the definition.

                  A choice is an action, even if the choice is inaction.
                  Radhil Trebors
                  Persona Under Construction

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by Radhil
                    In some (probably many) circles of thought, that does amount to murder, especially when the action to be taken involves no risk to the helper at all. Opening the door to let them out is an absurdly simple thing.
                    My (possibly flawed) understanding, though, is that from a legal standpoint, not taking an action isn't a legal offense. If it were, then hundreds of people would be guilty of crimes every day when they assume that somebody else will call 911 when they witness an accident or crime.

                    The moral and ethical stands are a different matter. Perhaps you all should define which you're talking about?

                    Jan
                    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by Jan
                      My (possibly flawed) understanding, though, is that from a legal standpoint, not taking an action isn't a legal offense. If it were, then hundreds of people would be guilty of crimes every day when they assume that somebody else will call 911 when they witness an accident or crime.

                      The moral and ethical stands are a different matter. Perhaps you all should define which you're talking about?

                      Jan
                      I myself am talking about B5 and Lennier. He wanted John dead due to jealousy over Delenn. There was no "wait for someone else" element to this one.

                      If you want to stretch the situation, you could say that in his blind loyalty to Delenn, he was performing some kind of test on John to see if he'd survive, thereby being "worthy" of Delenn. Something like a witch trial. Even then, it was not his life to test.
                      Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by Z'ha'dumDweller
                        I myself am talking about B5 and Lennier. He wanted John dead due to jealousy over Delenn. There was no "wait for someone else" element to this one.
                        I understand that. But you also said:

                        To me, whether or not it was "pre-meditated," Lennier should have been tried and convicted. A nice thirty year prison sentence make him rethink his actions.
                        Which of necessity means discussion of law. My point is that, legally, doing nothing is not a crime today and probably isn't in that future, either.

                        Jan
                        "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                        • #87
                          Here's yet another take on "premeditation" (no hyphen necessary, folks):

                          "Premeditation means with planning or deliberation. The amount of time needed for premeditation of a killing depends on the person and the circumstances. It must be long enough, after forming the intent to kill, for the killer to have been fully conscious of the intent and to have considered the killing."

                          Arguably, you could say that in those five seconds where Lennier looked at Sheridan through the partition, he was "fully conscious of the intent and to have considered the killing." However, in a court of law, I'd bet you dollars to donuts that he wouldn't be convicted of any level of crime that included premeditation: generally, in a legal sense, premeditation presupposes an amount of time in advance sufficient to _physically prepare for the deed_. Thus, buying lengths of rope to choke someone, finding a blunt object and hiding behind a door, etc. etc. Lennier found himself an observer in a mortal situation, and pretty much _instinctively_ chose not to act. The fact that the decision was made in the heat of the moment - granted, a longish moment, five seconds rather than a split second - pretty much quashes the "premeditation" argument.

                          Yeah, okay, rereading this thread, NotKosh got it in one with "opportunistic" - that's really the heart of it. Lennier didn't sabotage the internal systems in any way; he found himself presented with an opportunity. As Jan said, I don't believe that, legally, he'd be able to be held responsible had Sheridan died. It's all too easy to say "I was paralyzed by fear - I'd never seen a man dying before." How could you disprove that? Last I checked, it wasn't against the law to be a yellow coward! <g>

                          Amy (not a lawyer, but I play one on tv)
                          Last edited by AmyG; 09-25-2004, 04:25 PM.

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                          • #88
                            Here is an obscure question:

                            I have been watching the civil war arc these past few weeks. In the episode where Garibaldi draws the face in the mirror, does the mouth curve down on one end because of that face he sometimes makes? I'd seen this episode a half-dozen times before, but this is the first time it has occured to me.

                            Another question:

                            Number One says she has thirty witnesses who saw Garibaldi dupe Sheridan...if about fifteen guys at the most jumped him, then where were the thirty witnesses? That wasn't a huge pub they were in. I could speculate on the thirty witnesses, but does anyone else have any other thoughts?
                            Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                            • #89
                              Regarding Garibaldi: I can't remember where I heard this story (a commentary track? a convention? Jan, help me out!), but I'm pretty sure that Jerry Doyle was instructed to draw a smiley face, but instinctively did the neutral face instead - which I thought was absolutely _chilling_. I don't think the mouth was really downturned; I think it was just him trailing off with the process of drawing the line.

                              As for Number One and her thirty witnesses, the "takedown" happened in a bar. We only saw part of the bar on camera - one part of one room. People could have been on the edges of the room, in the next room, passing by the door, etc. etc. I don't have a problem with that statement about the witnesses.

                              Amy

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by AislingGrey
                                Regarding Garibaldi: I can't remember where I heard this story (a commentary track? a convention? Jan, help me out!), but I'm pretty sure that Jerry Doyle was instructed to draw a smiley face, but instinctively did the neutral face instead - which I thought was absolutely _chilling_. I don't think the mouth was really downturned; I think it was just him trailing off with the process of drawing the line.
                                I took it (the downturn) as a subconcious way to display his inner, bad, self.

                                /IamS
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