Thursday, March 20, 2008

YouTube Methods Vid Induced Suicides

Here. This coroner has no evidence for this ipse dixit call for tyrannical regulation of the Internet.

Man Builds Robot to Kill Him


Monday, March 17, 2008

Exams Cause Suicide


Garbage Regulations

Where are the data showing following these regulations reduce the risk of suicide?

Here. I suggest that any mention of these regulations in any claim, any expert testimony, or any factual testimony be followed by a countersuit against the garbage peddling utterer, and by a cross claim against any regulatory entity that authors any like it. Such entities have an affirmative duty to do no harm, and to validate their regulations before enacting garbage guidelines.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Give Gun to Suicider, Go to Prison

For involuntary manslaughter. Here. (after free registration)

1) The intent was to help, not to hurt. This case is missing a mens rea. The act, handing someone a gun, without knowledge of an imminent crime, is hardly an actus reus.

2) If the intent had helped and not hurt, there would be no criminal case. The intent and act was that of the suicider, not that of the defendant. The defendant was scapegoated for a negative outcome.

3) The defendant was subject to outcome bias, a violation of his procedural due process right to a fair hearing.

4) At worst, the defendant could be sued for trying to rescue the deceased, but failing to do so adequately. I would defend that tort with the idea of no duty by a bystander. The act of an impulsive person cannot be foreseen, per se, not even by the person, herself.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Expert William Logan M.D.

Here. The testimony in the appellate decision.

"Manke’s psychiatric expert witness, Dr. Logan, testified:

I believe if Dr. Fernandez had done an adequate assessment and follow-up assessment within the standard of care, that he would have recognized this [Crystal's potential for suicide] and would have; number one, recommended she not come to Children's Square; or number two, if they decided to take a risk of trying to treat somebody like this--and it would have been a risk given their staffing and orientation--that they make staff very much aware of her potential.

Dr. Logan also testified:

This is a girl that is pretty sick, and I think all this GAF score is really saying, that Dr. Fernandez recognized that, the real question is, given that he recognized this, did he really do enough to follow up and make sure that she got the treatment she needed to avoid going even lower and eventually killing herself, and my opinion is he did not.

(Emphasis added.)

We find Dr. Logan's testimony was sufficient to submit the issue of proximate cause to the jury. His testimony cites a causal relationship between Dr. Fernandez's breach of the applicable standard of care and Crystal’s death by suicide. Because the district court did not err in submitting this issue, we affirm its ruling denying Dr. Fernandez's motions for directed verdict and judgment notwithstanding the verdict."

Yet, Again from the FDA Idiots, Tamiflu This Time


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Lawyer Lynn M. Foley Opines on Suicidal Ideas of Glenn Beck

Here. This is a former nurse and current soothsayer. No one has a clue as to why Beck got suicidal, nor even if he is exaggerating. She is trying to make a big case out of it.

Suicide Rate Drops in Scotland

Here. The possibility that more people are getting treated was not included among the explanations. The other possibility is regression toward the mean, from a prior increase.

Critical Bloggers Blamed for Suicide of Ad Exec

Here. Here. Perhaps, the slightest criticism causes people to commit suicide. This may become a defense in the medical malpractice case. The doctor should file a cross claim for any cross remark, by anyone, anywhere in the world, including the family, and the plaintiff.

Good Question

Here. What is the evolutionary advantage of suicide? No clear answer.

Suiciding is transmitted within families, independent of depression, as a separate risk. It may represent imitation. It may represent a genetic predisposition. Once a genetic locus can be located, suicide malpractice is really payment for a pre-existing condition. See the crumbling skull defense, that has yet to be used, as far as I know.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Prosecutor Suicides After Being on TV, Suit May Proceed


Expert Witness Prosecuted for Perjury for a False Fact

Here. Every word of the plaintiff expert's testimony should be trawled for false fact. Under no circumstances should the defense attorney allow that to take place without being forced to demand criminal charges be filed against the perjuring plaintiff expert. The plaintiff lawyer should be investigated by a prosecutor and by the Disciplinary Counsel for the suborning of perjury.

And another example, here.