Misdemeanor-Manslaughter Rule Law and Legal Definition

Misdemeanor manslaughter rule is a principle that death occurring during the commission of a misdemeanor or sometimes a non dangerous felony is involuntary manslaughter. This rule has been abolished by some states and by the Model Penal Code.

Under California's "misdemeanor-manslaughter" rule a killing without malice committed during an unlawful act not amounting to a felony which is dangerous to human life is manslaughter. [Saa v. Yates, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94412, 10-11 (C.D. Cal. June 15, 2010)].