It Wasn't Murder Because that Baby Wasn't Human Yet!!!

This is the lamest yet most culturally apropos legal defense I've read about in a while. A man who ALLEGEDLY killed his pregnant wife is arguing that the unborn baby couldn't have been murdered because the baby wasn't human yet and therefore just aborted.

Crookston Times
The attorney for an Apple Valley man accused of killing his pregnant wife argues the death of the 15-week-old fetus was an abortion, not murder.

Dakota County prosecutors say Roger Holland strangled 37-year-old Margorie Holland at their townhouse last March.

Defense attorney Marsh Halberg has filed a motion to have the murder charges dismissed. He argues the only person whose rights could have been violated was the mother, and she was already dead.

Halberg says the state's abortion law is the proper fit for accusations against Holland. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says criminal abortion is an unranked offense in Minnesota, leaving the sentence up to the court's discretion.

Prosecutor James Backstrom says the laws on abortion and the murder of an unborn child are not interchangeable.
Get that? The mother died before the baby so her rights couldn't have been violated.



  1. Makes perfect sense to me. The correct charge should be "practicing medicine without a license."

  2. It highlights well the irrationality of the law. This demonstration won't change much by itself but it is worth pointing out.


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