Monday, July 30, 2007


So pointless... it wasn't even exclusive coverage

I refer of course to Saturday's tragically ironic story of the collision of two news choppers while filming a police car chase.

What's the lesson here? Please take the following internet poll with your interpretation:
1) The journalist always becomes the story.

2) What won't they do to generate a headline on a slow news day!

3) Bad karma catches up to "if it bleeds, it leads" journalism.
Now, a question for all you legal eagles:

Can the fleeing felon in the underlying car chase be charged with murder for the four journalist deaths under the "felony murder rule"?

Welcome back Oscar,

Yes, of course they could be charged. Convicted? No. I doubt it.
Being in Europe has made you and your humor... dark.

To take your legal question at face value, I think the felony murder rule would not apply because the chopper crash is too remote from the fleeing felon's continued furtherance of his crime.

But to be on the safe side, I'd want to look for any precedent where, say, a pair of news vans did the same thing.
slate says yes, well, it depends:
Yeah, my thought was immediately, "they couldn't pool the footage?"
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