can you be held liable for terrorist threats made by another person?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Pennsylvania
a person I just met 12 days ago,made terrorist threats to a police officer, apparently regarding my sons child custody issue. Now we aren't allowed to see my grandson. Can we be held liable? How do we combat this situation since we had no knowledge of the threat until we were notified that our visitation with my grandson was suspended?
Can we be held liable for terrorist threats made by another person?A: Terrorism is a national security issue concerning threatened or actual injury to two or more persons. I suspect that you do not actually mean that this person made a terrorist threat -- but assuming that he/she did so, then that act effectively voids most constitutional protections, and practically any outcome is possible. So, the legal answer here is "yes," you could be held liable, for example, if it were shown that you somehow instigated the threat being made by the third party who you just met.How do we combat this situation since we had no knowledge of the threat until we were notified that our visitation with my grandson was suspended?A: Assuming that the threat was not actually "terrorism," but merely a threat of serious injury made by the third party, then your defense is simply that you barely know the person who made the threat, and you had no part in his/her actions or threats. You may have to subpoena the third party to court and try to show that he/she has mental health issues, which caused the allegedly threatening outburst. Another approach would be to simply testify in shock to the entire affair, i.e., you had no idea that this person would do what he/she did, that you barely know the person, and that the entire matter is utterly frivolous/absurd.Sometimes if the judge believes that you are genuinely dismayed, but also somewhat curious about the entire occurrence, the judge will conclude that the third party is simply "nuts," and that there's no evidence to support restricting your rights.Hope this helps. NOTICE: My goal here is to entertain while educating the public about the law. I hope my answer is useful and informative to you. During our conversation, the website may ask you to rate my answer. If you rate my answer lower than the middle rating, then the website retains your entire payment, and I receive nothing. It is entirely your choice as to how you rate my answer. However, because your payment to me is in the nature of a donation/gift, rather than as compensation for any services rendered, you are entitled to know how your rating affects the final distribution of your donation. If you need to contact me again, please put my user id at the beginning of your question ("To Socrateaser"), and the system will send me an alert. Please Click the following link for IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION. Thanks and best wishes!
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