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David v. Commonwealth
The Circuit Court in Fairfax (Virginia) convicted defendant and imposed penalty for felony child abuse, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-371.1(A), and reckless handling of a firearm, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-56.2(A). Defendant appealed.
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The Virginia Court made the following holding:
- Reckless conduct proscribed in a firearm statute can be less culpable than the conduct necessary for involuntary manslaughter. However, it must be more than that necessary for ordinary negligence. Inadvertent acts of negligence without recklessness, while giving rise to civil liability, will not suffice to impose criminal liability. The culpable conduct necessary for reckless conduct falls between the criminal negligence necessary for involuntary manslaughter and ordinary negligence. As with willful conduct, reckless conduct requires an awareness that serious injury will likely result.
These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm’s unofficial views of the Justices’ opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content.