Thursday, February 06, 2003

Update: Now the family of the guy who OD'ed online wants to prosecute the other folks in the chatroom for egging him on. There is no legal precedent for this. The reason? Because they commited no arrestable offense. My mom used to say, "If John Marini jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump too?" The logic in the minds of the grieving family is, if I did jump, my mom could sue the Marinis. Watch out, suicide hecklers! If you see a guy on a windowsill of a highrise, and you yell "JUMP!"(I've done this), then you are opening yourself up to a whole metric buttload of legal ramifications.

I can understand that the Vedas family is sick with emotion after such a horrible tragedy, so I'll put this as delicately as possible: You're son was an idiot. He was not a highly impressionable child of 12, but a 21 year old adult. Not only that, but an adult who constantly logged onto chatrooms that discussed the recreational usage of prescription drugs. And he was able to fool several doctors into prescribing these drugs to him. He also lived at home, so you must have known that he "suddenly" started to show symptoms of depression and chronic pain at the same time. The world is not your babysitter, and cannot be held accountable for your child's irrational behavior. Just sue society in general, instead. You'll probably get a better reward.

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