Ex. Fed. Prosecutor: Trump May Have “Homicide Liability” Over COVID Deaths
In nearly every country other than the United States and Brazil, COVID-19 is somewhat under control. America is seeing an incredible rise in cases, with a record 68,000 new cases on Friday. Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world and having an excellent medical system, the US has been unable to handle the pandemic.
A fair portion of the blame for the countries poor response has been placed on Donald Trump. The President has refused to wear a face mask in public and has often contradicted his medical experts. Former Federal Prosecutor Glenn Kirschner thinks that Trump’s response has been so negligent, in fact, that it may be criminal.
Kirschner made the comments on Dean Obeidallah’s Siris/XM radio show. The host asked, “Are there any times the words of a president in misleading people could get to the point of potentially manslaughter? Or is that really a bridge too far?”
After saying yes, the former Federal Prosecutor explained:
“He easily satisfies the three elements of either involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide, depending on what jurisdiction you’re in. Because those three elements are simply acting in a grossly negative way, or having a duty to act, which he does as president, and failing to act in a grossly negligent way. We’ve seen that. The second element is that your action or failure to act is likely to produce death or serious bodily injury. Check. And the third is that your action or failure to act caused the death of others. Causing the death means your conduct was a substantial factor in bringing about the death.”
You can see the clip below, courtesy of Sirius/XM: