Napolitano: 'Criminal Liability' Against Lufthansa 'Possible'
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on "The Real Story" today about the latest developments in the French Alps plane crash.
Earlier today, Brice Robin, a Marseille prosecutor, explained during a press conference that the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight appears to have deliberately crashed the Airbus.
Robin said that the plane's co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, didn't seem distressed in the flight's final 10 minutes before it crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps.
Napolitano told Gretchen Carlson that there's a possibility of criminal liability against Lufthansa, who owns Germanwings.
"There's a possibility of criminal liability if he had any confederates who are still living, it doesn't appear to be the case," he said. "But obviously the police are searching, gathering information about him to see if he had any confederates. If he did this solely on his own, he's the only one that's criminally liable."
Carlson inquired what would happen if proof emerges that shows that Lufthansa knew about Lubitz' psychological well being, but still let him fly airplanes.
"Well that would change the litigation picture," Napolitano answered. "That would at least for the United States permit the estates of the American descendants to sue Lufthansa in federal court in the United States for punitive damages."
He said that "punitive damages are based on the wealth of Lufthansa."
"Now you're talking huge dollars not covered by insurance, but that is a very high bar," he said if that information emerges.
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