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Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
1. What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly.
The problem is whether the two officers should arrest the husband for abusing his wife or driving while under the influence, on the tests they had the husband perform and what they observed from the whole situation.
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.
The only vehicle that was in the vicinity belonged to the husband and wife. The blue station wagon is what the wife claimed as their vehicle, that was the car parked on the street, and when the police touched the hood it was still warm as if it had recently been driven. The husband said that he had not driven the vehicle in at least four hours, and the wife said that he had not driven the vehicle. The husband said that his keys had been in his pocket since he had gotten off of work. When the police seen the husband drop something, it looked like keys. There was a call to the [police about domestic violence. The husband also failed the field sobriety tests that the police gave him.
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
Obligation (owed to the claimant)
Perspective (What does the claimant hope will happen?)
Does not want to get into trouble with the law.
Does not want help from law enforcement, does not want the husband to get into trouble.
Want to protect the public and society, wants to get to the bottom of things and to find out the truth.
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