Drug Dealing as Murder

From the Minnesota statutes:

609.195 MURDER IN THE THIRD DEGREE.
(a) Whoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years.

(b) Whoever, without intent to cause death, proximately causes the death of a human being by, directly or indirectly, unlawfully selling, giving away, bartering, delivering, exchanging, distributing, or administering a controlled substance classified in schedule I or II, is guilty of murder in the third degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $40,000, or both.

Am I misreading that, or does it really mean that if you die of a drug overdose your dealer can be prosecuted for murder?

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Murder by bacon

The Truth campaign (funded by the government using money mainly seized from Big Tobacco) has put out ads many of which have in effect placed moral blame on Tobacco companies for the untimely deaths of smokers, by various means such as by literally laying human effigies of the dead at the feet of effigies of the companies:

Early ads featured street scenes where large buildings are used as symbols for the corporate offices of the tobacco industry as a whole, often surrounded by hundreds of 'dead' youth.

So the idea that the supplier of an unhealthy substance is to blame for its effects - even when the substance is legal - has been around and has gradually been sinking in. In actual fact, if I remember correctly the legal case against the tobacco companies is that they supposedly lied about the science (as if the public were utterly dependent on companies to provide objective scientific information about the effects of tobacco). But the idea that it is the supply of the substance itself that creates moral blame for the deaths of users has been riding the coattails of the legal settlement ever since.

It starts with a hostile ad campaign and ends with 25 years in prison. I don't know if there is an actual cause-and-effect here, some sort of intellectual pollution, or if it's simply convergence, but there is the common element that the supplier is blamed for the poor health and early deaths of the users. As has been pointed out for a long time, there is nothing, in principle, stopping people from blaming the providers of food for the deaths of their customers. We've already seen various small attacks on fast food restaurants. When will a seller of pork be found guilty of murder by bacon?

It's just a variation of felony-murder

I'm not saying I like it, but it's hardly outlandish.

A prosecutor would, incidentally, have a hard time getting past the "proximate causation" element.

Cheers...

--KipEsquire, A Stitch in Haste

I didn't know about

I didn't know about felony-murder. It actually fits quite well with my intuition that murder is a crime causing someone's death. Of course, dealing drugs is not a real crime, but if the dealer maliciously misrepresented the content of the drug, causing the death of the buyer, it would be murder.

"Whoever, without intent to

"Whoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years."

This describes government, itself, to a tee. Perhaps we ought to put all politicians in jail for 25 years.

ha ha

By "goverment" you DO mean the warmongers and
profiteers who CONTROL the government, ...right?

NOT funny though.

I want the CDS dealers to pay for murder.
They need to look into the mirror and
see what they really are. Users, abusers, murderers
all of them.

Yes, there was a recent case in Washington State

where the drug supplier was prosecuted for homicide. I think there was a guilty plea.

No wonder Mary Kate Olson

No wonder Mary Kate Olson wants immunity.