Prosecuting Passivity

The libation-loving French got sobering news about the consequences of drinking and driving. An appeals court in the eastern city of Nancy late last month upheld criminal charges against a couple who failed to prevent a drunken dinner guest from driving home — he killed himself and a family of four by heading down a nearby freeway in the wrong direction.

The tribunal ordered Angélique, 28, and Jean-Sébastien, 30 — known only by their first names — to stand trial for "non-prevention of a crime or misdemeanor that causes bodily harm" after allowing Frédéric Colin, 29, to...

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