Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a person but without malice aforethought. Manslaughter, therefore, has minimal moral blame as compared to first degree or second-degree murders. It has a lesser punishment than murder, but it also regarded as a serious crime (Berman Para 1).Manslaughter has two main variations namely voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter also called ‘heat of passion’ occurs when an offender is compulsively provoked or. when the offender kills due to the heat of passion caused by provocation. The heat of passion arises when a person had a reasonable time to calm down but instead killed intentionally. The offender’s moral blame is reduced due to the emotional context the offender encountered (Berman Para 2).Involuntary manslaughter arises when a person commits unintentional homicide due to the person’s reckless or criminal negligence behavior. It can also take the form of unintentional killing due to the commission of a crime which is different from the felony. Contrary, accidental killing due to severe recklessness can lead to second-degree murder (Berman Para 2).Murder is defined as the intentional killing of a person unlawfully and with aforethought malice. However, malice aforethought cannot always be termed as intentional killings. It only exists if the killer inflicts serious bodily harm to the victim that leads to his or her death or. reckless and extreme behavior that disregards human life leading to the victim’s death (Molan 34).In the court of law, murder can be classified as either first degree or second-degree murder. First-degree murder occurs when the killers had malice aforethought and their actions having a serious effect than others. The killings that involve malice but do not constitute first degree, is the second-degree murder. Every state has jurisdiction as to the scope of the first-degree murder (Molan 35).In first degree murder, the killing is premeditated and deliberate. This means that the killer had the intention of killing and also had the time to plan on the occurrence of the illegal act.