Yes indeed, but don't forget that this is a different younger generation : 1) As I posted above, not grieving the untimely death of their charismatic youthful President; 2) Not as affluent as OTL - no big wartime defence expansion and (as others have mentioned) no GI Bill and more international economic competition. Economic growth has probably been more organic and sustainable but these kids won't have been brought up in the fat years; 3) By and large, no absent fathers during their early childhood (as no WW2 for the USA); 4) No Cuban missile crisis or impending sense of nuclear holocaust (the Germans are the Joneses that need to be kept up with, rivals rather than ideological adversaries); 5) No Holocaust TTL so fewer doubts about Western Civilisation; 6) No Draft; and 7) No developing quagmire in SE Asia.There may be a possibility that The Moondogs will create a seismic shift in the American culture as they presents something that is totally different that has never been seen or heard before and that will resonate with the younger generation.
Rinasoir and Dan forget about damages.
1. if he has crossed the street on red light directly in front of a car going by green with the allowed speed he (!) would be liable for the damage to the car and a PTSB treatment for the driver.
2. Cars in Germany have a very high legally demanded liability insurance that would have to pay if not for 1.
3. Even today compared to the USA damage payments in Germany are fairly low (see LH suicide pilot) in the 60s they were hardly measurable. Killing someone meant you had to pay the funeral and that was it. But even that would not hit the driver personally due to 1 and 2.
I think the thing everyone is forgetting is that Zella, like her usual idiot self, pickpocketed Mithras.
Given involved persons, their playing spy, Mithras getting hit, and an incriminating document find its way into her grubby little fingers, I'm pretty sure that's more than plenty to convict if Mithras has a good lawyer.
Sure, it might actually have been an accident. But who's going to believe "it sure was a lucky break we accidentally hit the man we just spied on receiving a package, so that we could steal his package. What luck! What twist of fate!"
More to the point, while "beyond reasonable doubt" is a nice ideal, it rarely affects trials in the US where simply convincing the (often quite stupid) jury is the more important thing.
Folks this is Germany with an emperor still sitting there after two WWs having been won. Any smartass lawyer trying to do something? Talking about New Swabia again!
I'm not sure about Yugoslavia, but in Romania, out of 104 people officially executed during Ceausescu's tenure, most of them were "politicals", some of them criminals (murderers with aggravating circumstance) and a handful for the equivalent of white collar crimes. There were no men executed for killing people with a car in whatever circumstances, not even Eugen Grigore, a man who killed more then 20 people with his truck as vengeance for his murdered family (life can equal fiction sometimes).From memory, in either Yugoslavia or Romania, at the time , a first conviction* for drunk driving led to 5 - 10 years hard labour. A second conviction led to a firing squad.
I'm not sure about Yugoslavia, but in Romania, out of 104 people officially executed during Ceausescu's tenure, most of them were "politicals", some of them criminals (murderers with aggravating circumstance) and a handful for the equivalent of white collar crimes. There were no men executed for killing people with a car in whatever circumstances, not even Eugen Grigore, a man who killed more then 20 people with his truck as vengeance for his murdered family (life can equal fiction sometimes).
The hard labour part is accurate, though, and the various "projects" killed more than 10.000 people.
We have heard of many things that has described the relationship between Kat and Jack Kennedy but friend is not one of them.Who the Hell is Jack Kennedy?” Kiki demanded.
“He’s a friend of Tante Kat” Aurora said.
When Kiki found out about what had happened in Wedding, she was horrified by what they had done. Then she saw the evidence that they had gathered, and then things really went sideways. The stack of hundred Reichsmarks notes and the photographs didn’t get the reaction that Aurora might have hoped for. Instead, she took one look at the photograph of Mithras with the swell who had given him the envelope and she went entirely still, then she saw the money. Minutes later, Kiki was pacing around the room. Aurora realized that this was the angriest that she had ever seen Kiki.
“You know who that man with Mithras is?” Aurora asked.
“Yes” Kiki snapped, “And that money, it belongs to my family.”
“What does Jack Kennedy have to do with any of this?” Zella asked and immediately got the stink eye from Kiki.
“Who the Hell is Jack Kennedy?” Kiki demanded.
“He’s a friend of Tante Kat” Aurora said.
“I have no idea how he fits in with all of this” Kiki said then she paused for a minute, “Don’t you two get the danger you have put yourselves in? You could go to jail if anyone ever finds out how you got that envelope and Mithras himself is going to be looking for it.”
“That man has tried to kill you twice” Zella said, “My only regret is that Aurora didn’t back over him.”
“Zella!” Aurora yelled, she felt bad enough about putting him in the hospital with a bad concussion and broken ribs. Having to live with killing him… That would be awful.
"Responsibility is on road users at all times to be able to react. Even if you could not reasonably react, you still hit the individual and thus the court finds in favour of damages to the plaintiff."
She hit him. In a civil suit, that is all that matters. Judge might choose to not award punitive damages, but they will award damages.
Hell, even if Mithras is only coming away from this with a broken arm, is found out, and is sent to prison. He could still sue Aurora for damages, and most likely win the case.