- Troy was involved in a car accident in which the driver of the other care was badly injured. Fearful that he would be unfairly blamed for the collision, Troy drove away without rendering aid or reporting the accident. Can Troy be successfully prosecuted for his conduct after the accident?
- Matthew and his ex-wife had been divorced for two years. They had joint custody of their young children and the children often spent weekends away with their mother. On several occasions, after they returned to his home, Matthew noticed burn marks on his daughter’s arm. When he asked his daughter about this, she said the sometimes she was a “bad girl” and her mother had to punish her. Matthew knew that his wife had been violent with the children in the past. However, he was scared of starting another custody battle with his ex-wife because she had threatened to “dig up dirt” on him. Matthew did not bring up the issue with his ex or with anyone else. Can Matthew be held criminally liable for the harm to the child?
- Willy Weasel is walking down a street one night when he hears a woman scream. He turns around and sees a woman being dragged into a dark alley by a man with a knife in his hand. Willy decides to do nothing and walks away.
Can Willy Weasel be guilty of a crime against the woman?
4. Willy Weasel is walking down a street one night when he hears a woman scream. He turns around and sees a woman being dragged into a dark alley by a man with a knife in his hand. Willy decides to do nothing and walks away.
Assume instead that Willy Weasel recognized the woman as his wife but still chose not to intervene. Has Willy “acted” so as to be guilty of a crime against his wife?