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'''Murder''' is the deliberate, malicious and unlawful killing of one human being by another. [[Edward Coke|Sir Edward Coke]] defined it as: "when a man of sound memory, and of the age of discretion, unlawfully killeth within any county of the realm any reasonable creature in ''rerum natura''<ref>rerum natura:  In the nature of things; in existence.</ref> under the king's peace, with malice aforethought, either expressed by the party or implied by law, so as the party wounded, or hurt, etc. die of the wound or hurt etc. within a year and a day after the same."<ref>Coke 3 Inst 47</ref>
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*"A man of sound memory, and of the age of discretion" means, in essence, a sane man. 
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*"reasonable creature ''in rerum natura''" means any human being.
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*"malice aforethought" is a legal concept and only requires a momentary intention immediately prior to the act.
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*The [[Common law|common law]] rule that in order for an act to constitute murder, the victim  must die within a year and a day of the wounding, has now been modified by statute in a number of jurisdictions.
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In addition to various secular prohibitions, the sixth<ref>[[Exodus]] 20:3-17 and [[Deuteronomy]] 5:6-21</ref> of the [[Ten Commandments]] forbids murder.
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== Degrees ==
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Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with deliberate intent to kill: (1) murder in the first degree is characterized by premeditation; (2) murder in the second degree is characterized by a sudden and instantaneous intent to kill or to cause injury without caring whether the injury kills or not.
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==Trivia==
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A group of crows is called "a murder of crows".
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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==See Also==
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*[[Mass murder]]
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[[Category:Crimes]]
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[[Category:Crime]]
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Revision as of 19:00, 2 March 2008

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