I remembered coming across this comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
In this comic, Tommy replaces his boss' gun with a fake that just shoots out a "Bang!" flag. Later, he breaks into his office and pretends to be a robber, presumably expecting his boss to try to defend himself with the fake gun. However, his boss committed suicide, and happened to use the fake gun.
Assume the following:
- Tommy did not steal the real gun, he hid it elsewhere in his boss' office.
- Tommy has a job where he could plausibly need access to his boss' office (maybe an IT guy or something), so he has a key.
- Tommy did not intend to actually hurt his boss.
- Tommy's boss' suicide was entirely intentional, and he would've died even if Tommy had never attempted the prank.
- There was no suicide note.
- State and country doesn't actually matter, because I'm curious as to how different systems might handle such a strange situation.
My questions are as follows:
- Is Tommy guilty of any crime?
- If his boss didn't commit suicide, and tried to defend himself against the "robber" as planned, would Tommy be guilty of a crime even if ultimately no one was actually hurt?
- If a real robber had broken into the boss' office before Tommy had a chance to play his prank, and the boss was unable to defend himself as a result, what charges would Tommy be facing?
- Could his boss sue him if the scenarios in (2) or (3) came to pass?