ETHICAL DILEMMAS 1
If I were part of the jury, I would vote to acquit the defendant. The64-year old woman was already widowed having lost her husband toHuntington’s disease. She deserved to be spared since she hadkilled her sons out of pity. Although the law did not make provisionfor mercy killing, the woman’s actions could not be classified asmalicious (Pollock, 2014). Huntington’s disease would havesubjected her sons to unbearable pain. Notably, the woman hadobserved her husband as the illness ravaged his body. Hence, sheacted out of love for her sons. Furthermore, incarceration would notbe justified since she had no criminal history. Her age hardly madeher a threat to others in the society. Nevertheless, she hadwillfully committed murder. Consequently, holding the woman in afacility for elderly persons would amount to just punishment.
In the application to join the local law enforcement agency, the bestapproach would be to conceal previous misdemeanors. The agency didnot use polygraphs and so there was little chance of uncovering theoffence. Moreover, the crime could not be prosecuted since the searchwas deemed illegal. After a few years, the statute of limitationswould cover the crime. Also, marijuana had not been used since thetime as an impulsive freshman. Since drugs had been discarded,revelation was quite unnecessary. Admitting to the crime would alsoimplicate my friend. In this regard, he may be disqualified from theagency for providing false information. He may also be liable forcriminal prosecution. Notwithstanding, the consequences of beingexposed were less severe compared to the outcome of disclosing theoffense.
Pollock, J. M. (2014). Ethical dilemmas and decisions in criminaljustice. Toronto, Canada: Nelson Education.