Project #51042 - Ethical Challenges

 

 PART I: SHORT ESSAY

 

 

 

Directions: Please answer the following shot essay questions.  Each question should have a 1 to 2 page response that addresses the questions.  Remember to support your work with APA references and in-text citations.  Please use proper APA format.

 

 

 

1.   Briefly discuss and provide specific examples of the three (3) broad categories of deterministic “forces” that can limit free will and, perhaps, responsibility for criminal acts.

 

 

 

2.   Briefly discuss the ways in which the cases of Susan Smith and Andrea Yates illustrate the debate concerning free will, determinism, and moral/legal responsibility.

 

 

 

3.   Briefly discuss the implications of the debate between free will and determinism for treatment, punishment, and policy within criminal justice.

 

 

 

PART II: CASE STUDY

 

 

 

Review the following videos that you viewed in the Lecture Notes.

 

 

 

  • Christian-Newsom Killers Get New Trial over Judges Past Drug Use?
  • Richard Baumgartner guilty on 5 of 6 federal charges
  • Judge Baumgartner critical of federal authorities- "they think they are above God"
  • Defendants in the Christian/Newsom murders are granted new trials.
  • The Tennessee Supreme Court overturns new trial rulings in Christian-Newsom murders.
  • Notwithstanding Baumgartner's mental competency, hypocrisy, or lack of morals.
  • Baumgartner has his attorney quash a (6/3/2011) subpoena, so he does not have to show up in court.
  • Baumgartner's alleged mistress was in the court supervised program.

 

 

 

Complete the following tasks:

 

 

 

Watch the videos and read the news articles regarding this Judge who was addicted to drugs while presiding over a horrific murder trial of two innocent lives and the sentencing of four defendants.  Based on your research and the information contained in these videos, write a case study/research paper being sure to address the questions below and include additional information you feel is relevant and will add value to your submission.  Remember to include correct APA format with a cover page, reference page, and in text citations.  Your case study/research paper should be at least 3 pages in length.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What responsibility does a Judge have to the victims of crime and their families? 

  2. Summarize the events that took place surrounding the scandal.

  3. What ethical and moral implications does this scandal have for the criminal justice system? 

  4. What ethical and moral implications does this scandal have for the Christian and Newsom families?  What implications does this scandal have for the four defendants that were awarded new trials? 

  5. What do you believe should happen when this type of unethical behavior occurs from a professional with such a high position within the criminal justice system?

 

 

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/13/2014 09:00 am
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