Wednesday, February 15, 2006

SickWishful Thinking

What is wrong with the caption to this article?
Cheney Takes Blame For Shooting; May Face Charges

One would think from it that by accepting responsibility for the accidental shooting of Harry Whittington, Vice President Cheney has left himself open to criminal charges. Really? Let's scroll down to the article's subcaption.
If the man wounded by Dick Cheney dies, the vice president could - in theory at least - face criminal charges, even though the shooting was an accident.

In theory, Mr. Cheney could face charges. But what about the real world?

Kate Sheehy and Deborah Orrin: "Dick Cheney could face a felony aggravated-assault rap — or, if his wounded buddy dies, even negligent homicide.

But it would be a cold day in Texas before either scenario would happen, legal eagles told The Post yesterday.

"One, because it's Cheney, but also because it's clearly an accident," said Texas lawyer David Berg.

He added that criminal liability in hunting accidents is rare because there's automatically "an assumption of risk."

Texas prosecutors have said that if Harry Whittington dies, it could spur a grand-jury probe.

But University of Texas law Professor George Dicks said liability might be found only if there were a "pretty bizarre disregard for the interest of others.""

A lot of folks on the left are in the ghoulish position of hoping that Mr. Whittington dies, so they could use that against Mr. Cheney. No doubt that includes the a--hole who wrote the article that I linked to. To me, this represents a new low in partisanship.

I'll say a prayer for Mr. Whittington, because it's the Christian thing to do. I invite the readers of this blog to do likewise.

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