Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
1. What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly.| The ethical dilemma is whether the Probation Officer should base his recommendation taking into account what the husband went through for his country , or just based on a literal interpretation of the law.| 2. What are the most important facts? Which facts have the most bearing on the ethical decision presented? Include any important potential economic, social, or political pressures, and exclude inconsequential facts.| While serving our country in the military, he became a Prisoner of War, resulting in extreme trauma especially when confined. The fact of the third conviction cannot be ignored. Social and political pressures may force the judge to sentence the husband harshly regardless of past trauma.| 3. Identify each claimant (key actor) who has an interest in the outcome of this ethical issue. From the perspective of the moral agent—the individual contemplating an ethical course of action—what obligation is owed to the claimant? Why?| Claimant (key actor)| Obligation (owed to the claimant)| Perspective (What does the claimant hope will happen?)| The Husband| Beneficence| His Claimant would prefer that his past trauma be taken into account along with his crime.| The Judge| Fidelity, Non-Injury.| The judge would prefer an unbiased, objective outcome based on facts according to the agreement with the Moral Agent.| Society | Fidelity, Beneficence.| The Society would like justice served, according to literal interpretation of law.| Police officers| Justice| It’s preferable to make the arrest and hold the offender accountable for their actions.| | | |
4. What are two alternatives for the scenario? One alternative can be a wild card that you ordinarily may not consider an option because of potential implications. Both should be within...