Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What is the world coming to?

See this story about the gang rape of a young girl and the handful of people who apparently stood around and watched. What is the world coming to?

1 comment:

  1. An interesting set of questions are raised by that tragic incident. For example, what if any recourse should there be within the criminal law? As a civil law matter, should the law provide a cause of action for victims of on-looker offenses? For example, should tort law have a unique carve out for particular kinds of on-looker crimes, such as sexual abuse and rape? Might the law have a unique role in disincentivizing on-looker participation by allowing victims to recover against on-lookers? These questions are complicated by the fact that we typically abjure rescue in American jurisprudence, and as in this case, recovery in tort could be slim as the on-lookers may well be poor. MBG