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Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
|What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly. | |The ethical issue that is presented is the officers know that the husband was driving while intoxicated; they know that he has | |lied, and they know based off of the 911 call that the wife was abused. The law states that nothing can be done because nothing | |was observed. | |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. | |The most important facts are that the husband has an alcohol level of 2.0 which is two times the legal limit, the hood of the car | |was hot, but when asked the pair said the car had not been driven in at least four hours. Also, that the wife had made a 911 call | |saying that abuse had occurred, but there are no visible marks to the officers when they get there. The facts that have the most | |bearing are that the car hood was hot, she had stated that her husband had taken off and that she was concerned, the husband had | |dropped the keys when observed walking up the sidewalk, and that he had an alcohol level of 2.0. Officer Nixon is a 20-year | |veteran and has seen this situation before and knows what the laws are, while Officer Rock is just starting and may be eager to | |jump. But the law clearly states that the officer has to observe an individual committing these crimes in order for there to be an| |arrest. | |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 |Obligation (owed to the|Perspective (What does the claimant hope will happen?) | |(key actor) |claimant) | | |The husband |To follow the law. |The husband hopes that the officers will tell him to stay home and to have a good | | | |evening and let it all be. | |The wife |Not cause any more |The wife wants to be able to have everything end so that, she does not have to have | | |problems. |any more problems with her husband. | |Officer Nixon |To follow the law. |Officer Nixon knows what the law is, and is hoping that the wife admits to having been| | | |abused or that one of them to admit to the husband driving in order to have a reason | | | |to arrest. Otherwise the situation has to be left alone. | |Officer Rock |To follow the law. |Officer Rock may not be as seasoned on the laws, but his partner is, and so has to | | | |follow the law and move on as well. | | | | |
|What are two alternatives for the scenario? One alternative can be a wild card that you ordinarily may not consider an option | |because of...
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