Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nervy, Dangerous Suicide Attempter

One may set fire to one's own property. However, arson goes to the very core of trust in a fireman.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Substances in Suiciders

The presence of a substance in a suicider should end the case. Getting high should not get rewarded with a money settlement.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nice Post for the Public On Irresponsible FDA Warning on Anti-Depressants

These irresponsible officials allowed themselves to be bullied by vicious Scientology sponsored ideologues. They should immediately resign, all of them.

Nancy Grace Showed Stressed Guest, She Committed Suicide

The guest may or may not be innocent. If guilty, her estate should not be rewarded with a money settlement.

Nancy Grace has immunity from the First Amendment Free Speech Clause, Freedom of the Press Clause. The plaintiff was a public figure per se. Any tort claim must overcome insurmountable NY Times barriers to defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, namely proof of actual malice. Actual malice means the defendant must admit knowledge of the falsehood of any allegations.

For the past 1000 years, the suicide act broke the chain of causality between defendant conduct and the death. The suicide is an intentional act by the plaintiff. In the past decade, appellate courts have made exceptions to this view for defendants who held themselves out to have special skills (therapists), had control of the body (jailers), or had special duties to the plaintiff (psychiatrists). These special duties are bogus and anti-scientific themselves. However, let's assume they are correct. Did Nancy Grace have any special duty to the plaintiff? Did she have any power over the defendant?

Should the immature response of the plaintiff get compensated?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Suicide Compensable by Workmen's Compensation

The patient suicided to end his chronic pain. In the past, it would be deemed an intentional self-injury. Now, it is the result of a work injury, and the family must be paid for the duration of the contract.

1) If you pay for things, they will increase. Unlike the opinion of the clueless experts, the reality is otherwise.

2) The family will lose its compensation motivation to keep the patient alive. They will be more likely to encourage a suicide, to get rid of the burden and to collect on the payments.

3) The ruling will set a precedent that suicide is not an intentional act. That will generate much mischief in non-compensation cases.