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Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
1. What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly.
The fact that the officer saw the husband driving was not in the first report but was in the second report. It seems to be important information that should not have been left out of the first report.
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.
That the most important fact was left out of the report. When making an arrest and writing a report it is important to have the key facts in the report right away when dealing with a case. With a DUI arrest it would be very important to indicate that the husband was driving. Now there is question by the prosecutor if the officers saw the husband driving the vehicle or if the officers honestly forgot to put that information in the report.
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?
(key actor) Obligation (owed to the claimant) Perspective (What does the claimant hope will happen?)
Was this a mistake or was the officer trying to cover something up.
Wants to make sure that if he prosecutes in the case that the facts are correct and the officers are telling the truth.
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 free will and control of the same moral agent.
Alternative A Alternative B
Attorney attempts to prosecute the case. Attorney dismisses the...