Coaxer Should be Punished as a Murderer
The Supreme Court of Israel set a legal precedence by ruling that a woman who enticed her brother in law to murder her husband should be regarded as a murderer.
The Supreme Court of Israel has ruled that a person who entices somebody else to commit a murder should be punished as a murderer. In Israel, life sentence is a mandatory penalty to convicted murderers of all degrees, but the law does not refer to coaxing.
The Supreme Court accepted an appeal of the state prosecutors to reconsider a verdict of a lower court who dealt with a case of a married woman who had romantic relationship with her husbands younger brother, and coaxed him to murder his own brother.
She was aiming at winning her husbands life insurance and getting married with her lover.
The woman and the brother discussed all kinds of ways to cause the death of the husband including giving him an overdose of sleeping pills. Finally, as a result of her unending coaxing, her lover shot his elder brother from a short range and killed him.
The widow and her lover were tried and convicted. The district court found the brother guilty of murder and gave him the mandatory penalty: life imprisonment. But the majority opinion rejected the position of the state that the woman should get a life sentence as well. The judges wrote that although she was the “spiritual leader” of the crime, she committed a lesser crime, and sentenced her to 16 years of imprisonment.
The state attorney appealed to the Supreme Court and asked for a guiding sentence saying the mandatory punishment of life imprisonment applies to coaxers as well. The Supreme Court set a legal precedent by accepting the appeal and ruling that a coaxer is a main offender, though an “intellectual” one and not a practical one.