Should George Milton be found guilty for his role in the death of Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men. Describe why George would be found guilty in John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men.

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In Of Mice and Men, I think George performs a "mercy killing," not murder, on Lennie, his long-time friend.

To convict on murder you need: 1) the act of murder and 2) an intent to kill which is intentional, purposeful, malicious, premeditated.

So, while George's mercy killing is intentional, purposeful, and premeditated, it is not malicious.  The two men had not had a public fight; there's no signs of scuffle.  George was a type of guardian to Lennie, and his role was that of protection.

According to California State Law, George may not be guilty of murder.  There are...

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