The aim of the paper is to indicate legal and ethical issues connected with the amendment of the penal code in the range of homicide crimes from the article 148 of the penal code.To achieve the aim the authoress uses the penal law literature and the texts of binding and historical bills.The results of the analysis show that the changed legal regulations concerning homicide not only constitute the limitation of judge's freedom to adjudicate punishments but also cause doubts as to the range which qualified kinds of homicide include especially in the point: motivation deserving special condemnation. In conclusion it can be stated that the introduction of qualified kinds of homicide is not a justified change of the penal law.
T. Gardocka, Wyzsza Szkola Handlu i Prawa w Warszawie, Wydzial Prawa, ul. Swieradowska 43, 02-662 Warszawa, Poland
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