A simple thought exercise. Your Hal 9000 has just willfully engaged in actions which it knew would result in casualties. Casualties do result from the actions. Against whom do you press charges? Now, assume the law has declared Hal to be a sentient being. Still the same answer? EDIT ~ Since there are two differing situations to the question, I have made the poll open to more than one answer per member. The first three answers apply to the original question. The last two answers apply to the modified, secondary question.