A review of a recent petition before the Alaska Supreme Court that centered around the release of Darrel Whitaker from state custody in July 2, 1993. The young man was released to his father in a remote logging camp about five weeks before his committment expired. Six weeks after his release, Whitaker shot and killed Anchorage cab driver Richard Sandsness. Should the state have recommended that Whitaker’s commitment be extended, thereby preventing the murder of Sandsness? Supreme Court justices determined that the state did not owe an actionable duty to exercise due care.
Related Link: State of Alaska v. Sandsness
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