Hi guys- I’m still quite new around here, so forgive me if I am posting this in the wrong room.
Not much to say as an introduction; these scenarios speak for themselves.
I approach a man on the street and say “excuse me sir, do you have the time?”. He looks at me and gets spooked for some reason, runs into the street, and is run over by a bus and killed.
I approach a man on the street in anger and threaten to beat him up. He gets spooked and runs into the street, where he is run over by a bus and killed.
I approach a man with photographic proof of his infidelity and threaten to divulge the photos to his family. The man becomes despondent, walks into the street, and commits suicide by stepping in front of a bus.
I’m not so concerned with the moral implications of my actions, but I’m curious about the legal implications.
In the case of #2, I was threatening assault. Can I be charged with contributing to this death? Even if I didn’t touch him? If I was charged, I could just tell the cops that I was merely joking.
In #3, I wasn’t making any demands, I just didn’t like the person and wanted to embarass him. Can I be charged with contributing to his suicide if I knew that my actions would cause him grief?