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Matador In Litigation For Being Scared 15

Posted by samzenpus
from the running-from-the-bulls dept.
Christian Hernandez's refusal to take the bull by the horns has landed him in legal trouble. The 22-year-old bullfighter ran from the ring twice during a performance at Plaza Mexico. He was arrested for breach of contract a short time later. Hernandez released a statement saying, "There are some things you must be aware of about yourself, I didn’t have the ability, I didn't have the balls, this is not my thing."

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Matador In Litigation For Being Scared

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  • Breach (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Locke2005 (849178) on Tuesday June 15, 2010 @02:22PM (#32581462)
    Hernandez was arrested for breach of contract a short time later - a fine secured his release. Wait... you can be arrested and fined in Mexico for violating a contract? And we think the US is dominated by corporations! Shouldn't breach of contract be a civil matter, not a criminal one?
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      Think about it he is in Mexico, i was surprised that they actually arrested him.

    • by blair1q (305137)

      If the breach can be characterized as fraud (i.e., you lied about your bravery to get the contract to fight the bull), then you can be arrested for it in America as well. But if not (you're brave enough, but you just decided to go fishing that day instead), then it is not fraud, it is merely a breach of the contract.

      Mexican law may not have a strict principle of "innocent until proven guilty," so failing to fulfill a contract could be taken implicitly as evidence that you lied to get the contract, and it's

      • by iamhassi (659463)
        "If the breach can be characterized as fraud (i.e., you lied about your bravery to get the contract to fight the bull), then you can be arrested for it in America as well."

        No, you can't, It's very difficult to be arrested in the US for fraud... not that I've ever been accused of fraud, but it takes many complaints to an attorney state general and they have to file charges based on evidence and testimonies and then they can put a warrant out for you to be picked up for questioning. It takes more than jus
    • Looks like contract violation is a crime in Mexico whereas here in the US and Europe it is only a tort.
      • by genner (694963)

        Looks like contract violation is a crime in Mexico whereas here in the US and Europe it is only a tort.

        The one thing they have in common is that large sums of money will get you off the hook.

  • That's rough. Can't say I blame the matador. I'd take the fine and live to see another birthday
    • by selven (1556643)

      I blame him, although not for the act of fleeing the ring. He agreed to do something he couldn't do, a simple act of dishonesty.

      • by tsstahl (812393)

        So, how do you really know you can do it until you face the animal? I think I can do an emergency tracheotomy, would care to help me test that conclusion?

        I agree you have a point that prior preparation is available for bull fighting, but I don't think it rises to a criminal offense. Then again, what the heck do I know about Mexican jurisprudence?

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