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Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Sat Oct 20, 2012, 02:54 AM

10. I vote no on the duty to rescue

The wiki page cites Washington state, but the statute is FAR removed from duty to rescue. It is in fact a duty to REPORT a crime, and there are exception within the law if one believes one is in danger. Furthermore, it says "witnesses the actual commission of" a crime.

I could have my windows open, hear my neighbors screaming at one another, hear the words, "I'll fucking kill you you fucking bitch!", hear multiple gunshots, screams, a thud, and then witness a man walking out of the house with a gun in his hand, but guess what. I did not witness a crime. Now, will I call and report it? Umm, yep, as soon as it's safe, like after I've retreated away from the window, corralled my family somewhere safe, and retrieved my Glock, then I'll call 9-1-1.

Would the statement I give to the police likely be used in a criminal trial against the man, if he were charged with a crime of murder, manslaughter, assault (if the person shot lived)? Of course. It's potent circumstantial evidence, but it's not eyewitness testimony of a crime.

"Mr. Kennah, did you in fact see Neighbor Bill shoot his wife?"
"No."

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.69.100

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