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In this video, a prosecuting attorney in New York is bringing charges of murder against individuals who have killed other people while driving under the influence. The attorney argues everyone understands driving while under the influence poses risks for the driver and for other people, including the risk of a fatal accident.

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The statutes provide for charges of “depraved indifference” when one’s behavior results in the unintended, but foreseeable death of another human being. Defense attorneys argue, among other things, the laws pertaining to murder were never intended to be applied in this way. The debate was captured by CBS’s 60 Minutes in a segment that aired on August 2, 2009.

After reviewing the segment:

  • Map out the reasoning for both sides of this debate.  These will be two, distinct maps.  Do not combine both sides of the debate into one map.
  • Evaluate the reasonings using the four tests for evaluating arguments.  These will be two, distinct evaluations using The Four Tests of Worthiness:  1) Truthfulness; 2) Strength; 3) Relevance; 4) Non-Circularity.  Do not combine both arguments into one evaluation.

The Case for Murder, YouTube, CBS, 2009