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Murder is definined in Utah as: Murder is causing the death of another person under any of the following circumstances: ... Knowingly engaging in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another person and under circumstances which evidence a depraved indifference to human life. It's not unreasonable to consider dropping 3,000,000 bouncy balls ...


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Due respect to the answers here, they overcomplicate the analysis a bit. The answer is no, because, in the US, murder requires that but-for the defendant's conduct, the victim wouldn't have died. Your question states that there's no way to prove this to be the case. Similarly, you cannot attempt to murder a person who is already dead. Again, your question ...


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Probably the fisherman would prevail legally in the end, but he might get entangled in a very undesirable legal situation by recovering a corpse. There was a real world case around a team of deep divers where the team even refused direct orders by the Coast Guard to recover a body. [Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to ...


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Based on what we were taught when I was an EMT in New York State, there would not be a problem. Seeing a body float by, you can't tell for certain that they are truly dead, so you would be perfectly justified in pulling them onboard/getting them to shore/rendering aid regardless of your level of training. Face up/face down would not apply because, ...


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In this specific scenario, not only is it not a crime, failure to do so is a breach of proper maritime protocols and could be illegal. A person manning a boat and sees a human in water in distress should immediately go to the rescue or recovery of the victim. This is commonly started by the crewman of the vessel who spots the body shouting "Man ...


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Using Florida as an example, this would be fine. Tampering with evidence requires the intent to destroy, alter, or conceal it to impair its usefulness. The intent here was the exact opposite- there is no mens rea here and no crime has been committed.


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