A German architect accused of recklessly installing a fireplace in his
Hollywood Hills mansion, leading to a firefighter’s death in February
2011, is expected to serve about six months in jail after pleading no
contest Friday to involuntary manslaughter.
Gerhard Becker, 49, was sentenced to one year in jail as a condition of
his probation, but will probably spend only about half of that behind
bars due to time already served and other factors.
Prosecutors had sought four years in jail.
The prosecutors are making a big deal out of the guy's case by blaming
him for the death of a firefighter. When the guy gets out of prison, he
will be deported because of an expired visa. The prosecution of the
architect is meant to send a message to those who violate the law. Does
this mean that Mexican illegal immigrants will now be deported after a
prison stay to send a message that our laws should be respected? o_O
On Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:08:05 PM UTC-5, The Daring Dufas wrote:
That's a mighty fine rhetorical question, my friend. The latest
example of the lunacy in CA is that their supreme court just ruled
that an illegal immigrant has to be given a license to practice law.
That's right. He's here illegally, but he'll be able to go into any
court in CA and respresent clients before a judge, police, etc.
What a marvelous time it is here. We're increasingly spying on our
own citizens without warrants, and at the same time, those that are
here illegally get to show up in court and practice law.
More on topic for a.h.r, it has been said here many times that insurance
companies would still pay for damages from a fire caused by DIY electrical
installation. Well, perhaps what been said (I don't recall exactly) was
that no has been able to cite a case where an insurance didn't pay because
of a DIY electrical installation.
So the question is, if a firefighter dies fighting a fire caused by a DIY
electrical installation, could the homeowner be jailed even as the
insurance company is paying to rebuild the house?
On Friday, January 24, 2014 11:51:00 PM UTC-5, DerbyDad03 wrote:
Potentially yes. Just ask OJ. The results of criminal cases
and civil can be different. However most insurance policies have
exclusions for criminal acts, eg if you're trying to run over your
wife with the car and drive it into the living room, paying for
that damage isn't covered. How exactly those clauses are worded,
interpreted, adjudicated, etc in the policy in question would determine
the outcome. It would be interesting to find out.
You also have to wonder how dumb the architect was to not
only not get permits, apparently go out of his way to hide
the fact that he was going to put the fireplace in, etc.,
but then to also get it installed in such a half-assed way that
it immediately caused a fire.
My first guess might be that since it's LA, the type of fireplace
he may have wanted was not allowed, eg woodburning perhaps?
So, he couldn't have gotten the permit. But you would think
an architect could still manage to have something put in
that would be safe.
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