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When indifference causes harm, then what?

May 22, 2020

To the Editor:

In my opinion, when elected officials, through their actions or indifference, put health care workers and the general public at risk of pain, suffering and death from this virus, they are perilously close to the actions of an individual who would intentionally infect people with such a virus resulting in death, pain and suffering. It seems laws apply only vaguely to elected officials. I, personally, would find it hard to live with myself if my actions put health care workers and the public in total, in danger when there were alternatives. I wonder why anyone would vote for those politicians who have no problem putting their own wellbeing above the people they are supposed to be representing. Don’t forget who put what’s best for them and their friends ahead of your family when next you go to vote.

Think about this won’t you: USLegal.com defines “depraved indifference” as follows: To constitute depraved indifference, the defendant's conduct must be 'so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime. Depraved indifference focuses on the risk created by the defendant’s conduct, not the injuries actually resulting.

Of course close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right?


Duane Harpster

Boulder Junction



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