Statutes: Inciting to Suicide

"Jump! Jump! screamed onlookers as a troubled youth threatened to leap from a twelfth-story hotel ledge in Albany, N.Y. "Jump! Jump! cried another mob last week as a jobless man set to dive off Manhattan's Brooklyn Bridge. Both would-be suicides were eventually talked down to safety, but not before hundreds of witnesses gaily exchanged bets on their fate whilte yowling such taunts as "What's the matter, ya yellow?"

Quite apart from their moral and spiritual indifference, people who make suicide a spectator sport may be charged with a serious crime. The police, who busied themselves with trying to move...

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