New week, new hypothetical. If you don’t like these but are still reading, you are obviously just looking to start something.
Today’s story is set in the world ofBob X, the ex-slacker superhero with Kryptonian powers, no known weaknesses, and a public identity. Now Bob, while a good guy, is not a crimefighter. Oh, he’ll stop a bank robbery or whatnot that happens right in front of him, but he’s not trained as a detective. Anyway dealing with natural disasters, alien invasions, and kaiju takes up most of his time.
Recently Bob had occasion to break that rule. In New York City, there’s a sick fuck kidnapping little kids, keeping each victim captive for about twelve hours before exsanguinating them. When the latest victim disappeared, the Gothamites called Bob for help. So he perched himself atop the Empire Building, closed his eyes, and turned his super-hearing on full. Ordinarily he avoids that stunt–it hurts like a mofo, and sorting through all that auditory input is exhausting-- but this time it was worth it. He was able to find the kidnapped child moments before he would have bled to death, and incidentally beat the holy hell out of the kidnapper.
So a happy ending all around, except for th sick fuck. But here’s the thing. During the half hour during which he was eavesdropping on every word uttered in the five boroughs, Bob heard a lot of other stuff: an ISIS plot to shoot up Central Park; public officials soliciting bribes; drug lords talking about drug deals and assassinations; and so forth. While at the hospital waiting to see if the kid would pull through, Bob borrowed a legal pad and jotted down everything important he had overheard. Before heading home, he gave his notes to the police or FB as seemed appropriate telling them he was available to testify as needed but reminding them not to bother him unnecessarily, as he already busy with do-gooding 30-40 hours a week on average, and he doesn’t see why he should work any harder.
How much of what Bob overheard should the authorities be allowed to use?