Friday, September 14, 2012

People v. Arzon case brief

  • People v. Arzon- Fireman dies from fighting fire in building w/ 2 fires, only one of which was intentionally set by the accused ∆.
    • A ∆s conduct need not be the sole and exclusive factor in the victim’s harm ….
    • If ∆s conduct is a sufficiently direct cause of death it doesn’t matter the ultimate harm the ∆ intended
      • Intervening conduct contributed to death and is criminal conduct as opposed to civil conduct (Acosta)
    • What if fireman comes in and a poisonous snake kills him ∆ not the cause
    • What if he falls through the floor board (rusty pitch forks) ∆ probably liable

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