If you threw a penny off the top of the Empire State Building, would it injure someone on the sidewalk below? People sometimes talk about pennies reaching supersonic speeds after falling 1,000 feet. That would turn a penny into a missile capable of slicing through anything in its path. We'll go back to this later. For now, I want to talk more about LAW... not PHYSICS.
In criminal law, we recognize the crime of ATTEMPT. Attempt is the act of TRYING to commit a crime. Thieves set out to rob a bank. But their car breaks down. They're arrested. However, they still committed "attempted robbery." They had the INTENT to commit a crime - See the article... SUÇ İŞLEME NİYETİ - CRIMINAL INTENT https://www.communityabroad.com/turkish/post/1000000049596
Had they been successful, they would be guilty of robbery. Robbery is the use of force to take property. They are not guilty of robbery AND attempt. The two crimes MERGE together. Now here's a twist. One of the robbers fires a gun at a guard. But they don't realize the gun is not loaded. Are they still guilty of a crime?
Although it was physically impossible for the gun to shoot, they are still guilty. They believed the gun was loaded. Back to the rooftop of the Empire State Building. A falling penny will not turn into a supersonic missile. Wind resistance will reduce its velocity before it becomes dangerous. The Empire State Building was the world's tallest building for four decades... between 1931 and 1970. What are Turkey's tallest buildings? https://youtu.be/WsDI6B4T7j0
Back to the penny. Now if someone throws that penny hoping to hurt a pedestrian below, are they guilty of a crime even though it's impossible for the penny to hurt anyone? These are the types of questions that criminal defense attorneys look at closely. Have a good weekend as you think about the technology of this billboard in China... https://youtube.com/shorts/l3yibo3txJo?feature=share
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