Jas Gentlemen, Your Verdict Feb.13,11
There are twenty men trapped at the bottom of the sea in a submarine. Help will
not arrive for a week. There is only enough oxygen left for about three days, but the
oxygen will last five men for a week. What should the captain decide, and how? Five men
were picked to live and the rest were killed without knowing. Considering all the facts,
Lieutenant-Commander Oram should be innocent.
The men were in the submarine when the explosion went off, and damaged the
ship. The explosion was most likely caused by an acoustic or magnetic mine. The
propellers were blown off and the steering gears were jammed. The submarine was on
the tip of a sandbank. One man died, and everyone got bruises or scratches. Since only
five men could live out of twenty, fifteen had to die, and were killed with poisoned
bottles of whiskey. The men that died didn't know that they were about to die. Oram
picked the men that were married and had families. He even killed himself. The
definition of murder is “First degree murder is planned and deliberate.” Instead of
picking the married men, Oram could have randomly picked five men, and make it more
fair. Military context could also come into play with the verdict.
Lieutenant-Commander Oram could be ruled guilty, because he planned, and
deliberately commited murder, which is against the law. He committed first degree
murder on fifteen men. The rest of the crew didn't know Oram's decision, and didn't
even get a chance to live longer. It was also possible for Oram to not save anyone,
because then no would have to be killed. He could have also told the fifteen men that got
killed before hand what was about to happen.
Lieutenant-Commander Oram could also very well be found innocent, because
instead of just letting everyone die, he saved five lives, and saving five people is better
than none. They were also under military...
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