30 Oct 2010

Idiocy gone mad? 6 years old sued for causing death

A six years old child is being sued after she rode her bicycle into an 87 years old woman, and death resulted from her [the old woman’s]  injuries. However, at the time of the incident, the child was 4 years, 9 months old.

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New York Supreme Court Judge Paul Wooten ruled that Juliet, now six years old, could be sued.

While he noted that the law presumes children under age four are incapable of negligence, "for infants above the age of four, there is no bright line rule", he wrote in the decision.

He also wrote that the Juliet's lawyer had presented no evidence as to the child's lack of intelligence or maturity, nor that "a child of similar age and capacity" would not have understood the danger of riding a bicycle into an old woman.

In England, the age of criminal responsibility is 10, in the USA it is set by the individual states, ranging from 6 to 12. As I pointed out many a time, the law deviates from common sense, but who am I to say?

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