Professor Arenella Comments in Chicago Tribune on Legal Implications of Witness Inaction

April 21, 2016 – Professor Peter Arenella commented in a Chicago Tribune article on what legal implications may apply in cases where witnesses to a crime fail to intervene or help the victim, even if there is opportunity to do so. 

There is no criminal aspect and often no civil liability to witness inaction, said Professor Arenella. There are exceptions: husbands and wives, parents and children, doctors and patients, but simply not rendering aid in an emergency situation is not criminal "even if they acted in an immoral way.”

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