April 7, 2013
Introduction to Ethics and Criminal Justice
Critical Thinking Questions/Discussion Questions
How Should the Law Be Enforced?
At the city and town level, laws are enforced by the local, or municipal, police. At the state level, laws are enforced by State Police, or a Highway Patrol. At the federal level, the whole country, the FBI and CIA take care of enforcing laws. If you're arrested, there's a good chance you'll go to court. There are different courts at the city, state, and federal level as well. How are laws enforced? The simple answer is that if you commit a crime, you're arrested. There are two basic categories of crime: Felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are worse, for example, murder, rape, arson, and hit and run. Misdemeanors are lesser crimes, like shoplifting, vandalism, and littering.
Why are legal rules alone insufficient to guide police actions in the area of searches and seizures?
They've been hitting the wrong address lately, and barging in to a stranger's house can get that homeowner reaching for his 9mm to protect himself from a home invasion. Search and seizure law today is built around three key questions. First, did the police "search" or "seize" anyone or anything? If not, the law leaves police action basically unregulated. Searches," in Fourth Amendment law, are police tactics that infringe a "reasonable expectation of privacy. A reasonable expectation of privacy is the kind of expectation any citizen might have with respect to any other citizen.
Evaluate the moral permissibility of “suicide by cop.”
There's no moral-permissibility. Because it's very simple, you're killing yourself, at the expense someone else. Taking a life always costs a person something, even if it's a 'righteous kill', you'll remember the people you killed, the rest of your life. That's why all suicides are morally questionable, because next to your family, and social-circle, the paramedics, the police, the coroner, they all lose...