Speluncean Explorers Case Analysis

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Speluncean Explorers v. Court of General Instances of the County of Stowfield (4300) Supreme Court of Newgarth Summary of the Key Facts A. Five members of the Speluncean Society went into a cave to explore. While they were in the cave a landslide occurred covering the entrance and trapping them in. B. Twenty days later after the entrapment messages were sent from the explorers to a rescue team outside of the cave. C. The explorers explained their conditions and rations to doctors and asked if they would be able to survive until the predicted date they would be saved. The doctors said no. D. Eight hours later, Roger Whetmore speaking on behalf of the explorers, asked if they could survive if they ate one of their own. The doctors said yes. E. Whetmore than asked the doctors if it would be advisable to cast lots to determine who should be eaten. The doctors didn't answer. He then asked if any judge, official, minister, or priest was present none of the rescuers said they were. F. On the twenty third day Whetmore was eaten. G. Whetmore was the explorer who came up with the idea of killing someone in order for the others to survive. H. Whetmore also came up with the idea of rolling dice to decide who would be killed I. After the rescue of the four remaining explorers on the thirty second day the survivors were indicted for the murder of Roger Whetmore. The Issue Is being trapped in a cave with little chance to live an exception to the statute N.C.S.A (N.S.)12-A? The Holding No. The Supreme Court sentenced the four survivors to death for the murder of Roger Whetmore. Summary of Courts Reasoning The Supreme Court was evenly divided so the original conviction of murder from the Court of General Instances was affirmed. Law and morality most definitely share a relationship. Lon L. Fuller, the author of The Case of the Speluncean Explorers, distinguishes this connection

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