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1. Where there is a duty under a contract to act : Medical cases : What was held in the case of Bland?

  • The doctors were allowed to stop feeding him because it was in the patients best interest.
  • HL refused this request declaring that he would not be immune from prosecution
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2. Pre-existing condition: What caused the women to die?

  • Argument, mental exertion and posion
  • Argument, physical exertion and fright
  • Argument, physical exertion and poison
  • Argument, mental exertion and fright

3. Thin skull rule: what happened in R v Blaue 1975?

  • D stabbed v, v dies as she refused medical treatment due to her religion
  • Fell asleep with a cigarette lit and set the mattress on fire, he failed to get help.
  • D was a doctor charged with the murder of a terminally ill patient.

4. What is said in Kimsey?

  • D's original act makes a more than minimal contribution to the consequence
  • It was only in the most extraordinary and unusual medical cases that medical treatment would break the chain
  • If her life were cut short by weeks or months it was just as much murder as if it were cut short by years

5. '_____ ____' is when some crimes are committed if D does a certain act, regardless of the consequence e.g strict liability.

  • Conduct crimes
  • Consequence crimes
  • Circumstance crimes
  • Crimes committed by omission


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