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I’m a little confused about the legal term in this case of “depraved heart.” Is it related in some way to being the employer in this case and not having safe working conditions as well as fire escape? Could you provide some insight into the legal definition that had to be proven by the prosecution?

Reading about it, a wrongful death civil suit seems like a slam dunk against him. Clearly it was unsafe and he made egregious errors in judgment in many ways. But, murder or manslaughter is a bit strange to me. Although, I suppose it would be similar to a manager locking a fire escape door and employees (or anyone) dying because of that. However, in this case it seems it was more difficult to escape but not impossible.

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Great explanation. Also, I appreciate the work you do! Town newspapers might be dying but I really hope investigative reporting never does.

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