We wake up this morning to find that a person who is not the witness to a crime, but merely the recipient of third hand information that a crime may have been committed now may have a duty to call the police and report it.
If you strip away all the horrific facts surrounding the allegations of child abuse and the people who are involved in the Penn State debacle, that is what the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University said today as they found Joe Paterno culpable for not immediately reporting to the police, not the campus police or his direct supervisors within the Athletic Department.
This means that if someone sides up to you and says that a third person may have committed a crime, you are now obliged to report it to the government.
Think about it.
The Stasi of East Germany could not have developed a better system.