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“It is moral for innocents to be killed.”

I call that murder.

And you’d likely be a lot less smug if it were a family member who had been wrongfully convicted.

You should not call that murder. Murder in common law is an unlawful killing with malice aforethought. A killing sanctioned by the court is a lawful killing.

I would be less smug if my, say, wife, was wrongfully convicted. But I would be wrong. Not wrong to be upset, but wrong to think that it was immoral or murder.

Come now, do you consider every unfortunate result of a proper policy to be criminal? Would you indict the Canadian parliament on murder charges if someone’s medical care is delayed and he dies?