Complicating matters is the growing trend known as BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. In certain sectors, it's increasingly common for employers to ask employees to use their personal devices for work-related purposes, further blurring the line between on-the-clock and off-the-clock. For example, if an employee commits an illegal act -- say, fraud -- using her personal computer, but she does so while sitting at her employer's desk, who's liable? With Muzzafar, the situation wasn't all that different: he was, after all, using his car and his own smartphone.
It goes without saying that no penalty, no sentence, no sum of money can bring that six-year-old girl back to life. However, we hope that the courts take this opportunity to set some precedents to minimize legal gray area in the future. In situations like this, uncertainty only adds to the frustration and pain that all parties are forced to endure.