Friday, February 17, 2006

Worst Case Legal Scenario For Dick Cheney

RALEIGH, N.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Vice President Dick Cheney won’t face any charges for shooting his hunting friend, but what would be the worst case legal scenario for Cheney if his friend died?

According to attorney David Liggett of the firm Ragsdale, Liggett, PLLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina, there are three different charges that could be brought against Dick.

Liggett says the first is the civil charge of negligence, which does not carry any criminal charges and would have to be filed by the victim Harry Whittington, or his family. Liggett says they’d have to prove Cheney “failed to act as a prudent person would in a similar situation.”

The next possibility, if Texas law allows it, is criminal negligence, which would carry a 180-day to two-year sentence.

And finally, Liggett says, “If there is a district attorney who wanted to pursue it and may see political aspirations in doing so,” there’s the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

As he explains, the DA would have to prove there was a “reckless disregard for another person” and the sentence could be two to 20 years in prison.

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