Brief Fact Summary. Defendant voluntarily gave the keys to his car to a man he knew was drunk. The man driving Defendant’s car crashed into another car and both drivers were killed. Defendant was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The accountability of Defendant must rest upon his complicity in such misconduct.
Issue. Whether Defendant could be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter when he was not involved in the commission of the crime.
The accountability of Defendant must rest, as a matter of general principle, upon his complicity in such misconduct.
Defendant did not act jointly with the drunk driver, and did not participate in the actual driving which would be required for the Defendant to be found guilty of the crime.
Criminal guilt under our law is personal fault.View Full Point of Law