Thu Aug 11 18:51:32 EDT 2005
On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 18:42:03 -0400 "Daniel Billings"
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dave Faneuf" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2005 12:15 PM
> Subject: My hypothetical
> Neither a person or a news organization has a legal duty to report.
> If I heard Person A say that he was going to kill Person B, I have
> no duty
> to tell anyone what I know, even if I believe it. (Some
> professionals are
> mandatory reporters under statutes, but they are the exceptions to
> general rule.)
> For me to have criminal liability as an accessory, I would have to
> something to help or encourage Person A before the killing or I
> would have
> to help cover up the crime or help Person A escape or get away.
Again, I'm not an attorney, but didn't they expand the laws regarding
criminal liability following the Big Dan's Rape Case in New Bedford a
number of years ago?
Regardless of criminal liability I would think it would certainly be
within the realm of possiblity that a successful civil suit might be
filed depending upon the information gathered and withheld and whether or
not it could have reasonably prevented the catastrophic event.
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