Skip to comments.Duck Boat captain charged with manslaughter
Posted on 11/12/2018 5:11:01 PM PST by Kaslin
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Every captain, engineer, pilot, or other person employed on any steamboat or vessel, by whose misconduct, negligence, or inattention to his duties on such vessel the life of any person is destroyed, and every owner, charterer, inspector, or other public officer, through whose fraud, neglect, connivance, misconduct, or violation of law the life of any person is destroyed, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
When the owner or charterer of any steamboat or vessel is a corporation, any executive officer of such corporation, for the time being actually charged with the control and management of the operation, equipment, or navigation of such steamboat or vessel, who has knowingly and willfully caused or allowed such fraud, neglect, connivance, misconduct, or violation of law, by which the life of any person is destroyed, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
Were charges brought against the company? According to your post all are liable.
I’m sure the company had a bean counter that considered the costs/risks. They went with their pocketbook.
Yep. I think youre right. Probably why the count is 17. It was a lot higher on the Titanic.
They gotta keep that 99% conviction rate both to keep their jobs, and also later to get a high flying criminal defense career.
How do they get 99% conviction rates? By ‘throwing the book’ at the accused and charging people with every conceivable crime related to the charge no matter how implausible a conviction on some of them might be... and sometimes threatening to charge a spouse or child too. Then, “kindly” offering a plea bargain. When you are facing a 15 count indictment plus bankruptcy in legal fees to defend yourself, the prospect of pleading guilty to 1 lesser charge and a short jail sentence looks attractive.
Our justice system has gone haywire. But that’s how they do it. If everyone refused to take a plea, the criminal justice system would grind to a halt. There are not enough courtrooms and prosecutors and judges to handle all the indictments that are handed out. Prosecutors absolutely depend on plea bargains to get through their workload, so they come down with a stack of books on everyone in the attempt to blackmail them into a plea. It’s not justice at all.
I was visiting near a public beach on Sandy Hook, NJ. and went for a walk on it. The beach was full of “city” folk. Hispanics mostly. Thousands of them. Could they swim? No, they were all wading out into the surf on sandbars that were surrounded by deep channels. When I got there, divers were pulling a very blue and dead “swimmer” on to the beach. The rest of the “swimmers” reminded me a chickens more interested in the feed trough than the busy chopping block.
If you can’t swim, don’t play in the water.
17 people died ergo that many counts. Then who else is culpable? Was the captain following orders like a getaway car driver while the bosses killed all in the bank and stole the money? Id like to know. All in, all swing. Theres more than just a dumbass boat driver in this B S. Bankruptcy and running should be criminal.
I used to go hang gliding at a place called Dog Mountain near Morton, WA. It was a terrific place which was soarable about 2/3rds of the time, meaning you could fly around for hours on end. Typically the wind was much to strong for paragliders, so we didn’t have to worry about colliding with the jelly fish of the skies with our much faster and more maneuverable hang gliders.
There was a guy who sold tandem hang glider flights at the state fair. And he and his partner had people scheduled for rides every half hour. They were both drinkers and pot smokers. I wouldn’t get into a car that was being driven by either of them even if they looked sober.
Dog Mountain is considered a cliff launch. So these people were lined up to jump off a cliff with these two guys. And they would launch into conditions with passengers that most of us would not ever consider launching in.
How there were no fatalities that resulted from that operation I will never understand, and I am someone who took a lot more risks in my younger years than I ever should have. God must have taken pity on them and me. But how would you ever explain jumping off a cliff with a trusting kid into a howling squall?
The duck boat is capable of traveling on land or water. If they had accidentally flipped the boat on the road and killed the same number of people, would the captain be facing 170 years in prison?
This looks to be another example of prosecutor overreach.
It is a federal case, and there is plenty of Missouri and federal case law that holds that man made lakes like Table Rock are not navigable waterways subject to admiralty jurisdiction. But U.S. Attorneys don’t let facts and law get in the way of a good prosecution.
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