According to MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos, the arrest and involuntary manslaughter indictments of James and Jennifer Crumbley, after their 15-year-old son Ethan used a handgun they bought him to murder four of his classmates, should serve as a warning to gun-owners that prosecutors are going to be more aggressive about gun-related attacks.
The Michigan parents were taken into custody early Saturday morning as they hid in an industrial park 40 miles from their community instead of turning themselves in to law enforcement for processing.
Regardless of their attempts to flee, Cevallos wrote that rules are changing in a country that has grown weary of mass shootings.
"Charging the parents with manslaughter for permitting their child access to a firearm used in a shooting is not unprecedented, but it may signal a new trend," he suggested. "The prosecutor here is not charging the parents under specific gun-related statutes. Rather, involuntary manslaughter can be applied to any creative theory of gross negligence that results in death."
According to the legal analyst, the increased threat of prosecution, along with more attempts to keep schools safe, "could be a powerful preventative fix."
"Manslaughter is defined as murder without malice — that is, murder without the intent to kill. In Michigan, involuntary manslaughter is a catch-all crime that encompasses killings that are not murder, voluntary manslaughter, or a justified or excused homicide," he explained. "To convict the parents of involuntary manslaughter, the state will have to prove that the parents were 'grossly negligent' in allowing their son access to a firearm, and that their gross negligence caused the deaths of the students."
"Factual causation is straightforward: it just asks whether the shootings would have happened if the parents didn’t let their son have access to the gun. Proximate causation, on the other hand, is a far more elusive concept," he elaborated. "If the tragic deaths were not a foreseeable result of the parents’ conduct, then they might not have proximately caused them. The prosecutor will likely introduce evidence that the parents had plenty of clues that their son was dangerous. If this tragedy was foreseeable, the state will argue the parents proximately caused it."
Cevallos went on to add that, in the case of the Crumbleys, "I suspect that the hunters I know in the Wolverine State would fully support this prosecution of James and Jennifer Crumbley."
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People who live in counties that voted heavily for then-President Donald Trump are more likely to die of Covid-19 than people who live in counties that voted heavily for President Joe Biden, according to a new report.
A review of Covid-19 data by NPR found that people "living in counties that went 60% or higher for Trump in November 2020 had 2.7 times the death rates of those that went for Biden." Data examined by NPR included information collected since May in around 3,000 counties. Previous reports have found similar results.
Health care analyst Charles Gaba told NPR that in October death rates were six times higher in the most heavily Republican counties when compared to the most heavily Democratic counties.
"An unvaccinated person is three times as likely to lean Republican as they are to lean Democrat," Kaiser Family Foundation's Liz Hamel said. "If I wanted to guess if somebody was vaccinated or not and I could only know one thing about them, I would probably ask what their party affiliation is."
NPR attributed the increased death rates to misinformation after Kaiser Family Foundation polling found that 94% of Republicans believe that one or more false statements about Covid-19 could be true. The same poll showed that only 14% of Democrats believe false statements about the disease.
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'That's some Handmaid's Tale stuff': MSNBC panel piles on GOPer Tate Reeves over his abortion comments
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' comments about abortion while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" set off a strong reaction on MSNBC's "The Sunday Show" after the Republican lawmaker dismissed concerns about women's health.
Reacting to the clip, MSNBC host Johnathan Capehart remarked that the Republican lawmaker sounded like a character out of the best-selling dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale" by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.
"Do you acknowledge that this step will result in some women and almost certainly getting seriously hurt, some even dying?" CNN host Jake Tapper asked on Sunday with Reeves responding, "Well, I certainly would hope that that would not be the case. But what I would tell you, Jake, is that since Roe was enacted since 1973, there have been 62 million American babies that have been killed through this process and I think that those babies in their mother's womb don't have the ability to stand up for themselves, and that's why they have to have people like me and others around this nation that for years have tried to stand up for unborn children."
"I read that in the last block," host Capehart commented. "But to hear him say those words is really rather chilling. That's some Handmaid's Tale stuff he is saying there."
"It's so scary because what it shows is that he does not care about the lives of women," legal analyst Maya Wiley agreed. "And I mean the lives of women. because what we know from data, from research, one, is that women are 14 times more likely to be seriously injured or die because they don't have an abortion than because they do. Abortions are significantly safer to the health of the woman when the woman chooses that."
"Let's be clear," she continued. "It's about having a choice. But the other part of this, and he's in Mississippi where over a third of the population is black. Black women, in particular, are dying of pregnancy-related conditions at four times the rate of women who are white -- four times. A lot of that is about access to quality healthcare, reproductive healthcare. There's only one clinic in Mississippi. That's about whether or not people have all the kinds of healthcare they need, not just pregnancy-related healthcare as well."
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