University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Amos Guiora appeared in several news outlets recently to discuss a bill he collaborated on with Utah House Democratic Minority Leader Rep. Brian King. Guiora also testified before the legislature in support of the bill on Jan. 30 and published an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune about the issue on Feb. 6.
The bill introduced in the 2018 Utah Legislative Session by King would require Utah citizens to assist others who are suffering, or are threatened with serious bodily injury associated with a crime or another emergency.
Failing to act or call for help for a stranger in need, in cases when a person has a reasonable and safe opportunity to assist, would be punishable as a class B misdemeanor.
King worked with Guiora on issues related to bystander intervention for more than a year leading up to the drafting of the bill.
Guiora, the author of The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, also helped to organize the 2016/17 Utah Law Review symposium on issues related to bystanders. Held in March 2017, the symposium, The Bystander Dilemma: The Holocaust, War Crimes, And Sexual Assaults, examined the legal and moral obligations of bystanders.
Conversations emerging from Guiora’s book and the symposium helped to build a foundation for the bill, King said.
Read Guiora’s full testimony to the legislature here: