When Stupid is Criminal

Photo courtesy Greenfield District Court This afternoon, 57-year old Steven Fay will appear in court in Massachusetts to face criminal charges for being supremely stupid, recklessly stupid, deadly stupid. In what some aviation attorneys say is extremely unusual, a private pilot has been indicted for involuntary manslaughter for unintentionally crashing his airplane and killing his daughter. Charging a grief-stricken man who has lost his child seems on the surface to be a step-too-far. ¬†Further, criminalization¬†of error – including suspicion of bad decision making – is highly controversial and rarely practiced here in the United States though it is a different story in other countries. In … Continue reading When Stupid is Criminal