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1. Jennifer Jorgensen was acquitted of manslaughter by a jury for a couple that she killed in a 2008 head-on crash but was found guilty of recklessly causing her own daughter's death. Are you familiar with this news story?
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2. The Long Island woman urged New York's highest court to dismiss her manslaughter conviction in the death of her baby, who was delivered alive after the car crash but died days later. The baby was born by cesarean section almost immediately after the crash. It was Jorgensen's seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Karla Lato argued that the infant was viable for living outside the womb at that point, but fell victim to her mother's reckless speeding, crossing lanes and failure to stop or wear a seat belt. "We are recognizing the victim of a homicide can be a fetus of at least 24 weeks gestation," Lato said, citing New York law. "We're recognizing that a person who was a victim must be born alive." Do you think she should be held liable for her child's death?
3. Jorgensen's first trial ended in a hung jury. At her second trial, she was acquitted of two other manslaughter charges, aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. She was sentenced to three to nine years in prison for the death of her child, which was stayed pending her appeal. Do you think she should have faced other charges too?
09/13/2015 News 1567 31 By: sarahzahm