Haggis@wk wrote:The court has sent a signal to the people of California: don’t get involved. If someone’s drowning, don’t jump in the lake and save them. If someone’s trapped in a car that’s about to explode, sit there and watch the show. If you sit on your hands, no one can sue you for all you’re worth.
Valid point. In East St. Louis, IL, several years ago, a man had been upset by teenagers who constatly traveled the road in front of his home at dangerous speeds. When one of the speeding cars lost control and slid down a embankment into a water-filled drainage ditch, he thought "served them right" and went to bed. The next day, police found the vehicle, and the drowned teens. Police questioned the man as to wheter or not he had seen or heard anything. He told them he had, what time the crash had occured, and gave them all the details up to the point the car disappeared beneath the water. They asked why he didn't report it. "Not any of my business" was, if I recall correctly, his response.
Locals were upset that the man hadn't tried to help, or at least called police. They called for him to be arrested, but the police pointed out that he had broken no law. The city council tried to pass a law, ex post facto, in order to prosecute him, but were advised by the State that they couldn't do that. He was never charged nor sued, to the best of my knowledge.
Now, had he tried to help them, who knows what lawsuits he could have been hit with...