Morality of the American Legal System
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This paper explores the question of whether the American legal system is morally justifiable, asserting that many judges have tainted the system due to their own personal and political beliefs, and their interpretations of the law make it hard for the American legal system to be justified morally. The paper explains that the legal system is meant to provide consequences for actions that can jeopardize the peace and security of citizens; by protecting the rights of individuals, peace and security is thought to be protected for law abiding citizens. The paper discusses the Jack Kevorkian case as an example. The paper concludes that although the system is flawed and juries often reflect the influence of judges, improvements are possible.
From the Paper:"The controversy with this case is linked to the legal systems morals. The reason Kevorkian was acquitted so many times for his actions was because there was no set law for euthanasia. Ethically, the majority of the American legal system believed it was unjust for a doctor to council a patient in committing suicide. However, because there was no law against this, the legal system could not do anything until the unpredictable airing of the videotape. The question to whether Jack Kevorkian was a murderer is merely a matter of opinion. Some people judged him harshly and others supported him entirely."
Sample of Sources Used:
- A&E Network Television. (2010). Jack Kevorkian Biography. Retrieved May 14, 2010, from Biography: http://www.biography.com/articles/Jack-Kevorkian-9364141
- Hawkins, G. (2003, March 7). American Legal System Is Corrupt Beyond Recognition, Judge Tells Harvard Law School. Retrieved May 8, 2010, from Mass News: http://www.massnews.com/2003_Editions/3_March/030703_mn_american_legal_system_corrupt.shtml
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- Weinstein, H. (2006, April 9). Victims of the Justice System. Retrieved May 8, 2010, from Los Angeles Times: http://www.condition.org/lat64092.htm
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