Hooker responsible for his death!?

Hooker responsible for his death!?

Rose
Rose

June 13th, 2009, 12:40 am #1

Is there any kind of law about being responsible for ones death? By reading the story it seems to be that he was dying right in front of the hooker, Heidi. She could have saved his life, I think, if she would have just called the paramedics of a possible OD if she noticed that he was breathing strangely. And she pretty much just snapped a pic of him dying and sold it!? She should not be making a profit from his death!

After his brother found him at the same location that Heidi indicated she left him, they said he had been dead for hours. How many hours? Was it when Heidi had left him!? If so, I think she should be charged with something. Especially if she was consuming drugs with him.

I read that John Belushi's friend, Cathy Smith was charged with manslaughter of his death because she gave drugs to him on the night he overdosed. I know its a different state, so there is different laws, and I know she was probably charged because she was the one that administered the drugs, but it's not right what the hooker did to Chris!
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GM
GM

March 11th, 2012, 6:46 pm #2

I would say no state in the US puts a responsibility on people to save someone else's life but on few exceptions. For example, you have a duty to aid if you have created the risk, there is a special relationship (parent-child, spouses), there is a contractual duty, a statutory duty (usually put on cops) or when a person has voluntarily assumed care. Since none of the others apply, the only one that is relevant is the creation of the risk. More than likely the criminal investigation that followed his death reflected that the hooker had not given him the drugs (he was known as a drug addict anyways). Of course what she did was heinous, disgusting and immoral, but under the law she is not criminally liable.


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