On August 23 of last year, in Minneapolis (MN), Amy Senser apparently driving both while talking on a cellphone and possibly after a few drinks, hit a man and drove off without either stopping or notifying the police. The man died, though he might have been saved if help had arrived in time.
This is a major news story locally, because he husband, Joe Senser, was a Minnesota Viking. Outside of the Ice Belt, not so much. But it does have one intriguing aspect: Senser’s attorney is challenging the state law requiring drivers to report accidents — hit-and-runs and otherwise — to police, claiming it violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment guarantee against forcing anybody to testify against or incriminate themselves.
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