@21: Um, the definition of "manslaughter" that you give is actually the definition of 2nd-degree manslaughter. If the assailant had died from the fall, it would most likely have been excusable homicide, which is a whole different animal from justifiable homicide. "Homicide is excusable when committed by accident or misfortune in doing any lawful act by lawful means, without criminal negligence, or without any unlawful intent." (
Why? Because her action was not a use of force against someone but rather an attempt at escape.
Suppose an alternative scenario:
While out walking one winter's night, someone begins following you along threatening to beat you up. You, in an attempt to escape, run across an iced-over field nearby; your harasser follows, slips on the ice, and breaks his neck in the fall, thus dying. Under your definition and interpretation of the law, you (the person fleeing) would be guilty of 2nd-degree manslaughter. Why? Because you took an action (running onto the ice) that had the foreseeable consequence of your assailant slipping and falling on the ice (an injury evidently capable of killing him), and because the crime you were attempting to defend yourself against was only a misdemeanor (harassment), and homicide is only justifiable if defending against a felony.
Of course, this is a ludicrous interpretation of the law.