Can Text Messages Or An Airbag Cause A Suicide?

Law360 (August 21, 2019, 1:41 PM EDT) -- Two cases, one question: Can a person be responsible for someone else’s suicide?

The question seems abstract, inviting discussions of the nature of free will, human agency and our obligations to each other. These types of discussions take place in philosophy classrooms all over the country. You can imagine a professor’s delight as she pushes students to consider ancient thinkers on such weighty topics. But if this summer is any indication, this question might be leaving the classroom and heading for the jury box.

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