The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was arrested on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. The Costa Concordia, carrying 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crewmembers struck rocks along the coast of Italy last week. Evidence tends to prove that this area is known for its rocky sea floor. “There are rocks, they are on the maps,” said Capt. Cosimo Nicastro of the Italian Coast Guard. “What we know is the ship went really close to these rocks. … We don’t yet know why.”
Do we know why the captain was one of the first ashore after the devastating crash? Do you think he should be legally accountable for not ‘going down with his ship’? Could we consider this as evidence of flight, consciousness of his guilt?
Unfortunately, we hear of manslaughter in the news often in the US. But, do we think of manslaughter in this context? Should the captain be held accountable for the deaths and injuries of his passengers?
If this crash were to occur near the coast of the US, would our criminal justice system charge him with manslaughter?