I’m Stumped
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I’m Stumped

Reckless Endangerment

Did you know that most if not all states have laws making it illegal to knowingly spread infectious diseases? Many of these laws were passed in response to a perceived need to regulate behavior as it relates to STDs and in particular HIV. But many of them are not limited to STDs and would be broad enough to cover like say an infectious flu strain that was responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths.

In many places, if you know you have a certain type of disease and intentionally or recklessly expose someone else to that disease, you could be subject to civil liability or even criminal charges. My brief research indicates mostly the criminal charges are reserved for people who are trying to get someone else infected as opposed to just someone disobeying advice of medical experts and knowingly and recklessly exposing their staff, colleagues, family, Supreme Court nominees, Secret Service detail, donors, etc. But, if the person didn’t have civil/criminal immunity, I think I could build a case against such a person.

Which makes sense I think. I mean generally the law will punish or hold liable those who act with reckless disregard for another person’s safety and cause that person harm. Some even have enhanced penalties for those supposed to be protecting the public such as public health officials or government personnel owing a duty to the public.

In a week where karma has been dominating, perhaps it would be fitting that since many criminals are not allowed to vote no one should vote for someone acting like a criminal.

Just something to consider.

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Joshua Stump

Joshua Stump

I am a Dad, a husband, a son, a brother, a follower of Jesus, a lawyer, a songwriter, and just generally someone with a lot of strong opinions about stuff.