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U.S. Attorney's obligation to warn

Discussion in 'Criminal Procedure, Criminal Court' started by tripdad, May 9, 2001.

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  1. tripdad

    tripdad Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Does a U.S. Attorney obligated to warn the lead suspect of a drug investigation of "hit" on him even though revealing this information will compromise the investigation?
     
  2. Michael Wechsler

    Michael Wechsler Administrator Staff Member

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    Don't know but I don't think that in general there is any duty to save another person unless that person is under an obligation. For example, if you see someone about to get hit on a road, you aren't under an obligation to save that person, even if it seems relatively easy. However, if you put that person in a position of danger, for example, you knock him out with a punch and he is groggy and in the middle of the road, you may have a duty to pull that person off the road so he doesn't get killed.

    I think that there may be a duty for public officials but it also depends upon what knowledge is versus speculation or possibility. No one can predict what will or will not happen.
     

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