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California Supreme Court Sends Murder Conviction in
S.F. Dog Attack Case Back To The Trial Court
Using The Correct Test For Implied Malice
California v. Marjorie Knoller
   May 31, 2007

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  • In the murder case brought against the former attorneys and owners of two vicious dogs that attacked and killed a woman in San Francisco, the California Supreme Court orders that the conviction of one defendant be sent back to the trial court using the proper test for “implied malice” in her second-degree murder case.

    The court found that “a conviction for second degree murder, based on a theory of implied malice, requires proof that a defendant acted with conscious disregard of the danger to human life.” The Supreme Court ruled that the appeals court erred, because it convicted defendant of second-degree murder using a different test, i.e., that “defendantís conscious disregard of the risk of serious bodily injury” was enough to convict Knoller of the second-degree murder charges, when it wasn’t

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