quote:Like I said earlier, the people convicted in this case offered as a defense that they though the man was homeless and sleeping in the nice warm bank. The court decided that, as the man had clean clothes and wasn't carrying a carrier bag of possessions or anything else typical of the local homeless, this was not reasonable.
Originally posted by Russ:
The German law may be framed in such a way that no wrong intent is needed, that the fact of having not rendered assistance makes one guilty regardless of motivation & regardless of whether one has actually noticed that someone is having a medical emergency.
I don't know exactly what standard is applied to determine whether a reasonable person would think that there might be a medical emergency, but it seems as though the court thought that stepping over someone on the floor warranted a check.
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