To demonstrate what you have learned this week, you will write and submit a 2–3 page paper designed to give you experience with formulating and writing down your thoughts in a problem-solving, ethical-choice context.
Consider again the “Betrayal” hypothetical:
Your client Jane is accused of her husband’s murder. An eye-witness who will not be shaken on cross-examination mistakenly identifies Jane as the killer. Jane was at a hotel out of town at the time of the murder but paid in cash, did not sign the hotel register, and the clerk does not remember seeing her.
Your state has the death penalty. Jane will be acquitted if you forge her signature on the register. Putting forged documents into evidence is a felony. But it is the only way to save her. You do it.
Write a 2–3 page paper that in simple language translates and applies the major philosophical and ethical concepts identified in this unit, including:
In your paper, you are expected to:
1. Address each of the major concepts.
2. For each concept, explain what would result by its application to the facts.
3. Consider the questions: Was it right for you to forge your client’s signature on the register? Would your answer be the same if the client was your child, spouse, or parent?
4. Articulate both the positive and negative outcomes of each solution. What is gained in the real world? What is lost? Does any solution satisfy all competing interests?
5. Apply the arguments advanced in the video “To Defend a Killer” to justify one solution or another.