This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
Silent Hunter: This needs someone with legal knowledge to improve it. I've only done a bare start on this.
Nicky G: I am not a lawyer yet, but I am studying to be one. I gave this page a bit of a rewrite. I'm not happy about the "higher-degree"/"lower-degree" terminology, but it seemed like the most concise way to communicate that essentially the same basic definitions of murder are used in the US, only with different names from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.