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  •  so if my brakes fail... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and I run over someone, because I haven't had the car inspected since LAST time the brakes were checked (when they were worn but serviceable), then I'm culpable?

    "I want to be taken seriously as an artist."

    by Leggy Starlitz on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 08:45:02 AM PDT

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    •  That's what a trial would decide (0+ / 0-)

      If every incidence of injury had a cut-and-dried rule that one could apply in judgment, then we wouldn't need trials, would we?

      Some might argue that you were indeed culpable of negligent homicide. One might defend you saying that it was an unforeseeable accident.

      By having both cases argued, and evidence presented on both sides, a jury would get to decide whether you were reasonably culpable.

      The fact that the Governor, MN-DOT, or anyone else didn't intend to kill anyone doesn't change the issue of culpability. That's why there is the legal standard of manslaughter.

      So, yes, get your brakes checked more often than just during the state inspection.

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