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  •  Does Anyone Know? (4.00)
    Is it standard procedure to take pictures of a gunshot victim, accidental or intentional?

    I'm wondering if the Sheriff's office or the Secret Service had to document the incident & the scene. Are there pictures of Whittington & the incident?

    If they exist as part of the official record, they're public property...

    •  It's certainly standard procedure (none)
      in a Personal Injury case.  Cheney will likely be paying for Whittington's care through an umbrella liability policy.  Does anyone know if taxpayers provide this coverage to Veeps?  

      "An inglorious peace is better than a dishonest war." - Mark Twain

      by skwimmer on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 11:34:36 AM PST

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      •  No. (none)
        An umbrella policy only kicks in if the primary liability limits have been exhausted. Cheney will have a minimum of a $1M limit anywhere up to $10M or more if any company was willing to write it (high-profile people are harder to get coverage for).

        I can't imagine Whittington suing Cheney over this. They're friends, they're both Republicans and they're both already rich. So at most it will be a question of paying the medical bills, which are unlikely to get anywhere near the $1M mark in this case. Whittington certainly has health insurance so he might not even need to go looking for that much from Cheney.

        This is a question of Cheney's personal liability. He was off shooting quail on his own time in a way that had nothing to do with his job. Personal liability insurance is not provided to elected officials by taxpayers.

        •  I'm a little rusty but (none)
          as I understand it, in an accidental injury involving negligence, the primary coverage is with the negligent party's insurance.  This is a deep pockets claim but it likely to get expensive.  

          When you check into the hospital or see any emergency provider for an injury, there is a spot on the intake form that asks if the injury is the result of someone else's negligence.  Cheney does not have to get sued to have his policy pay - (although Texas law has gotten really wierd about torts) the insurance companies will do this amicably unless Whittington or his family feels he has to get a lawyer to sort it out.  Even if there is some wrangling, it will be kept out of the papers.  This is the ruling class, after all.

          There will be lots and lots of photos of these injuries, particulary if plastic surgery is in the works.  Don't expect them to become public.    

          "An inglorious peace is better than a dishonest war." - Mark Twain

          by skwimmer on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 12:22:08 PM PST

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    •  From personal experience (none)
      I got shot once and I guarantee you there were pictures taken by the proper authorities.

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