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November 08 2018 Bar Review News By Pieper Bar Review

The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is the multiple-choice section of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). It's a six-hour examination featuring 200 multiple-choice questions, testing examinees' abilities to apply fundamental legal principles and reasoning to given fact patterns.

Such a comprehensive exam demands an equally rigorous preparation regimen. Besides enrolling in a bar review course, the most effective study method for the Multistate Bar Exam is to answer practice questions.

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Today's Question:


In which case is the defendant not guilty of the murder of the victim?

  1. The defendant was so drunk that, when he was discharging his gun, he did not realize that the victim was in his line of fire. The shot killed the victim.
  2. The defendant was drunk and intended to kill another man, but he shot and killed the victim instead.
  3. The victim made insulting statements to the defendant at a barroom while the defendant was drunk, and the defendant thereupon shot and killed the victim.
  4. The victim administered a severe beating to the defendant. The defendant vowed to kill victim, got drunk, and three hours after the beating, the defendant shot and killed the victim.
Reveal the Answer

The Answer is A.

Here's why. 

The correct answer is choice (A). This question deals with the legal implications of intoxication in various homicide situations. Choice (A) is the only situation in which, because of drunkenness, the defendant lacked the intent to kill. This could be a case of unintentional, “depraved heart” murder, but the facts do not explicitly show extreme recklessness for a purpose of low social utility - it is not stated why the defendant was firing his gun - and, if anything, his intoxication may have prevented him from being aware of the risk he was creating.

Choice (B) is incorrect because, despite the defendant’s drunkenness, he intended to kill another man. In making the attempt he instead killed the victim, but, under the doctrine of transferred intent, he is guilty of the murder of the victim.

Choice (C) is incorrect because the killing was intentional and without justification, excuse, or mitigation – the definition of malice. The victim’s insulting words, standing alone, are inadequate provocation as a matter of law; thus, the crime cannot be voluntary manslaughter. The majority rule is that diminished capacity due to voluntary intoxication does not reduce murder to manslaughter.

Choice (D) is incorrect because the defendant formed the intent to kill before becoming drunk and evidently maintained it until he did kill. His consumption of “liquid courage” did not negate his intent to kill, which is the majority view, and is irrelevant to the grading of the homicide. The only alternative to murder - voluntary manslaughter - must be ruled out because of the three-hour cooling-off period between provocation and killing.

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