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RE: If you were the judge, who would you find guilty and of what crimes?

in #law3 years ago

#1 would be about intent. Peter did not intend to hurt his friend, and his friend made the (poor) decision to ingest food he did not know was safe. Darwin would be proud.

#2 Peter used non-defensive violence against his friend. Regardless of his emotional state after the fact, he is ultimately at fault and thus deserves punishment. Eric refusing the blood transfusion is irrelevant as Peter put him in this predicament to begin with.

#3 Same as #2. You stab someone and you're at fault. Too bad their religion precludes them from potentially life saving procedures though.

Moral of the story. Violence is bad. Don't stab people.


I agree. Eric made his own informed choice in #1. I don't see a difference between #2 and #3 either. The father has the right to make decisions on behalf of his son. So, the case is essentially the same. I wouldn't charge Peter for murder, as the deaths weren't planned. What else is there ... manslaughter? - Whichever term applies to unintended killing that is not caused by an accident.

As Michael's mum, I'd question Eric's decision to take the kid to a drinking session with his mate though. Divorce impending if they're married.

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