talk - The moral of my forthcoming story is this: If you...

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The moral of my forthcoming story is this: If you see a bad man stealing an old lady’s purse, or me taking candy from a baby, sit back and enjoy the show, because you can legally omit to act. My Mission : Omission No matter how morally defunct it may seem, in most cases it is not a crime to cause death or injury if one fail ’s to act . Child drowning example. Having said that, I get to talk to you today about a number of situations where individuals do have a duty to act, and where slacking off is a crime. In some special circumstances, an individual can be found criminally liable because of such a failure to act. Broadly speaking, if you neglect a legal duty to act , and someone is affected as a direct result of your negligence to perform this act, you will be in big trouble. In these special circumstances, an individual’s failure to act becomes the guilty act ( o r actus reus ) of their offence. There has been a traditional reluctance to use the criminal law to punish those who omit to act in the absence of a legal duty.
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