What should you do?
The purpose of this assignment is to use critical thinking skills to apply course concepts to hypothetical scenarios to assess ethical considerations. The assignment takes a look at ethical dilemmas in plea bargaining. Assess the following differences between moral judgments and moral rules before you evaluate the assignment:
Moral Judgment: You should do what your professional opinion dictates.
One should do one’s duty.
One should serve the public good.
One should strive for justice.
One should not waste resources.
The moral rules are consistent with both ethical formalism and with utilitarianism. The reason why the judgment is correct differs between them, however. Under ethical formalism, one should do one’s duty. As a prosecutor, one serves justice and the community–and the victims are part of the community–but the prosecutor is not an advocate for the victims per se. Utilitarianism would be more concerned with the waste of resources; it is not good for society to utilize too much prosecutorial time, or prison beds, on offenders who could be deterred through probation.
Keep all of these factors in mind when you write your paper and use your course concepts to analyze your chosen scenario. Support your stance with scholarly sources. Be detailed with your decision!
Complete the following steps:
Choose to write about one of the following scenarios:
1. You are a district attorney prosecuting a burglary case. The defendant is willing to plead guilty in return for a sentence of probation, and you believe that this is a fair punishment because your evidence may not support a conviction. However, the victims are upset and want to see the offender receive prison time. They insist that you try the case. What should you do?
Write a 2-3 page paper on the scenario of your choice. Be sure to evaluate the pros and cons of your decision(s).
Use support to back up your points.
You must have 3 academic sources in addition to your textbook.
Textbook citation to use
Pollock, J. M. (2021). Ethical dilemmas and decisions in criminal justice. Wadsworth.
Your paper must include 4 intext citations.
Compose your writing in APA format WITH a title and reference page which DO NOT count in your total pages.
Use Times New Roman 12 pt font.