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Should these disc jockeys face criminal charges?

L.A. Times 2012/12/10 16:02:51
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Tearful and contrite, two Australian radio hosts Monday described themselves as heartbroken over the apparent suicide of the nurse in England who took their prank call seeking information about Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian said their impersonation of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles was a silly stunt that they never expected to succeed, let alone play a potential role in the death of Jacintha Saldhana, who worked at the hospital where Prince William's wife was being treated for acute morning sickness.

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  • Tylurr 2012/12/10 19:28:13
    No
    Tylurr
    +20
    Good god, NO. NO NO NO.

    NO the office gif

    THEY didn't force her to kill herself. That was HER decision.

    So you're telling me if someone I know kills themselves and had any sort of negative contact with anyone I don't like, I am hereby allowed to blame them to the point of criminal charges?

    NO.

    Oy...

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  • Sayer Stewart 2012/12/11 05:05:55
    Yes
    Sayer Stewart
    +1
    Absolutely!
  • Tobi Sayer S... 2012/12/11 08:38:29
  • Laura V... Tobi 2012/12/11 08:51:02
    Laura Vanderbooben
    +1
    what a fkn fruit of the loon....
  • Sayer S... Laura V... 2012/12/11 19:29:27
    Sayer Stewart
    Who is this directed to?
  • Sayer S... Tobi 2012/12/11 19:28:58
    Sayer Stewart
    Wrong.
  • Tobi Sayer S... 2012/12/12 03:22:48
    Tobi
    Oh tell me since when are criminal charges regardless to intent and entirely focused on results?
  • Sayer S... Tobi 2012/12/12 03:28:46
    Sayer Stewart
    I think they should be based on results too. If someone is accidentally killed in a car crash, the person who crashed the car should go to jail.
  • Tobi Sayer S... 2012/12/12 08:52:22
    Tobi
    Well that depends, if the driver was driving drunk or soberly driving in excess of the speed limit allowed then yes he'll face criminal charges. However there has never been a mandatory rule or limit specified about prank calling.
  • Sayer S... Tobi 2012/12/12 19:23:37
    Sayer Stewart
    No, but they caused someone to die, so there should be criminal charges.
  • Tobi Sayer S... 2012/12/13 03:46:25
    Tobi
    What if you were just properly driving down the road and then some suicidal guy just jumped in front of your car and got killed as your car collided into him before you were able to react, would you believe that you should be put to jail for that?? it's clearly not your fault, you were driving properly and you didn't expect that he'll just jump in front of your car.
  • Sayer S... Tobi 2012/12/13 14:47:39
    Sayer Stewart
    But the DJs were not acting properly.
  • Tobi Sayer S... 2012/12/13 16:33:32
    Tobi
    Generally prank calling is tolerable, committing suicide isn't an appropriate form of reaction to a prank.
  • Sayer S... Tobi 2012/12/13 19:17:13
    Sayer Stewart
    I think that she had other issues and this just did it for her. And in some cases prank calling is not tolerable.
  • Laura V... Sayer S... 2012/12/11 08:50:36
    Laura Vanderbooben
    +1
    Remind me never to prank call seatlle....
  • Sayer S... Laura V... 2012/12/11 22:45:17
    Sayer Stewart
    Could you explain more clearly? I don't see a connection between your comment and mine.
  • Laura V... Sayer S... 2012/12/11 22:53:50
    Laura Vanderbooben
    Not really no.....
  • Sayer S... Laura V... 2012/12/12 01:43:31
    Sayer Stewart
    Fine then don't prank call Seattle. What's your point?
  • Laura V... Sayer S... 2012/12/12 22:34:17
    Laura Vanderbooben
    I'm not seeking permission to not prank call seatlle. My point is for me to know and you to forever remain inquisitive or not, whatever floats your boat really, i'm not that fussed.
  • rich Sayer S... 2012/12/11 13:39:29
    rich
    +1
    Yes agreed. If a kid is bullied at school and runs into the street and gets hit by a car trying to get away from the bullies, they are at fault. If a prank calls and says that the person on the phone hit their child while going down Elm street on their way to work, and the child is dead, and that person has a heart attack at the thought of having hit a child, then the prankster is at fault! Playing with people's lives is not acceptable, period. If a person feels they have broken some honor code, that perhaps in their country makes you less than dirt because you leaked information, and a prankster hits exactly that situation in which they feel they have lost all honor, and they kill themselves, the prankster is at fault. The best answer, is stop being an ass, and playing with people's lives because everybody else does not have the same thoughts, upbringing, awareness, sense of humor or anything as you! That is reality, and less than that is just childish, immature and mean.
  • Smuwf, ... rich 2012/12/11 15:59:07
    Smuwf, Twin
    There is no evidence that she killed herself due to the prank! It is an ALLEGED suicide
  • Navin J... Sayer S... 2012/12/11 13:54:36
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    say what? like what?
  • Sayer S... Navin J... 2012/12/11 22:46:50
    Sayer Stewart
    Probably some jail time.
  • Navin J... Sayer S... 2012/12/11 23:24:12
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    england will probablt demand they are extradited and tried in england
  • Sayer S... Navin J... 2012/12/12 01:42:04
    Sayer Stewart
    They should be.
  • Navin J... Sayer S... 2012/12/12 04:50:51
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    Public beheading? Or how much time do u think they should get for a phone call? And what about the hospital thst didn't follow protocol?
  • Sayer S... Navin J... 2012/12/12 05:58:50
    Sayer Stewart
    Did I mention public beheading? Where did that come from?
  • Navin J... Sayer S... 2012/12/12 19:52:57
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    no,you didn't,i did
  • Sayer S... Navin J... 2012/12/13 00:13:44
    Sayer Stewart
    Then why did you mention public beheading? That is completely off topic.
  • Torchy 2012/12/11 05:04:38
    No
    Torchy
    +3
    There was absolutely know way they could have known from half a world away that their poor impersonation would cause a person to commit suicide; and really, there's no evidence that they were anything but the straw that broke the camel's back. I've said it before: there is never a singular cause of suicide. Normal people don't off themselves after one bad day. Something else is being overlooked as we point the fingers at some idiot DJ's.
  • Pikui14 2012/12/11 04:50:13
    No
    Pikui14
    +3
    They didn't even know that the nurse was probably having a hard time. They pull a prank so what. The nurse shouldn't have commit suicide which is dumb and wrong.
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  • bryceaston Delete 2012/12/11 13:58:36
    bryceaston
    Actually, i believe she wasnt the lady on the phone, just the one that put the call through.
  • Gryffindor53 2012/12/11 04:12:36
    No
    Gryffindor53
    +2
    I'm on the fence about this one. I don't think they should face criminal charges or anything, but I do think that something needs to be done to prevent these sorts of things from happening. Media in all realms be they radio, newscasters, or reporters have been getting out of hand these days.
  • rich 2012/12/11 03:42:31 (edited)
    Yes
    rich
    +1
    There are too many people having fun at other's expense in the world. Pranks are childish and adults should not be doing it anyway. There are always consequences, even if not as bad as this, making people feel foolish for a laugh is idiotic, and if you choose that as a course of action, and something negative happens as a result, there should be consequences! It is the same as bullying.
  • Wanderer 2012/12/11 03:32:05 (edited)
    No
    Wanderer
    +1
    It isn't against the law to ask for personal information in either Australian or British law, they didn't name either of the nurses they spoke to nor did they claim to be someone else in order to receive said information, they impersonated the Queen and Charles but they didn't claim to be them.

    It is however against the law for a hospital to disclose personal medical information without the patients consent in British law.



    I think this poor lady must have had problems way before this happened and the hospital is oblgated to take care of their staff in that respect...which doesn't appear to have been done.



    I can only think that maybe....just maybe, the radio station itself is culpable in as much as they are supposed to declare to whomever they're prank is involving that it was a prank and ask permission to put it to air...even then the most they could possibly be charged with is malicious intent....and even that would have to be proved in a court of law.
  • s2k 2012/12/11 03:30:24
    No
    s2k
    Not on this case
  • Shade 2012/12/11 03:28:11
    No
    Shade
    +2
    Them Australians have a very different sense of humour to the British. So I see how they found it funny, But the nurse they were speaking to must have taken it personally.
  • YourCompanionCube 2012/12/11 03:27:54
    No
    YourCompanionCube
    Dear god what?
  • Nuke 2012/12/11 03:01:54
    No
    Nuke
    +1
    It was tragic but how were they supposed to know the woman would commit suicide? Everyone supported the woman despite the mistake but she chose to kill herself, in the end that's on her.
  • sally 2012/12/11 02:58:35
    No
    sally
    +2
    They weren't forcing her to do anything. She took her own life on her own accord, they had nothing to do with it.

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