Accident or Arson

 Accident or Arson

Peter Pablo , a shift supervisor in the distribution center, worked for Jabil Circuits for six years.   Peter is experienced in operating all of the machinery.  One day when Peter was upset with his boss, he did not turn off the package laminator, a machine used to seal packaging in plastic to reduce damage in transportation.  The machine overheated, caught fire and part of the warehouse burned to the ground, resulting in over a million dollars in damage to the building and contents. 

Peter shows up to the remains of what was once his promising career   A slight smile forms as he realizes this whole incident is his fault for intentionally leaving on the laminator.   Peter calls his manager to tell him that the warehouse burned to the ground and he doesn’t know what caused the fire.  Fire marshals investigated and found out that the reason for the fire was the laminator was left on and either malfunctioned or overheated.

  • Should Peter Pablo be found guilty of arson in this scenario?  Explain arguments for and against Peter Pablo.