The Prisoner's Dilemma

On Janaury 2nd, the famous Boston criminal defense lawyer Robert Minehan was found dead in the bathtub of his Beacon Hill townhouse. The District Attorney charged the victim's wife Christine Bacherini and her alleged lover Carl Kenney with first degree murder for his death. Bacherini was Minehan's second wife. Both Bacherini and Kenney were themselves criminal defense lawyers and associates in the decedent's law firm. Each defendant pleaded not guilty. Separate jury trials have been scheduled; Kenney's for next week and Bacherini's for next month.

In this state, first degree murder requires the taking of a life with deliberately pre-mediated malice aforethought punishable by life in prison without eligibility for parole. Second degree murder requires an unlawful taking of life with malice aforethought punishable by life in prison with eligibility for parole after fifteen years. Voluntary manslaughter requires the taking of a life with intentional wanton and reckless conduct punishable by up to twenty years in prison. Involuntary manslaughter requires an unintentional killing with disregard for human life punishable by up to twenty years in prison.

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