Please read: citing is very important to this assignment and making sure you site properly and refer to the citation and not making anything up and then putting a citation at the bottom( please don’t do that )
You are a prosecutor and you are working a high profile case in your jurisdiction. The case involves the murder of a two young boys. The police arrested two males – one who was 17 years old and another who was 18 at the time of the murders. The evidence collected by the police includes the testimony of two eyewitnesses: a 9 year old boy who claimed to see the two victims talking to the defendants on the day of the homicides and a former girlfriend of one of the defendants who claims he confessed to the murders. It comes to your attention that both eyewitnesses have changed details of their stories throughout the investigation, however, police did manage to get the 17 year old defendant to confess to the crime. He later recanted his confession claiming police coerced him to confess. Both defendants have a history of drug arrests and the older defendant has been arrested for assault twice in the past. The citizens in your jurisdiction believe that the two men sacrificed the boys in some sort of satanic ritual because the two men had made claims to worship the devil while in high school and both had pentagram tattoos on their necks. As the trial approaches and you are reviewing all of the evidence submitted by police, you happen upon a piece of exculpatory evidence indicating that the two defendants are innocent. You know that the election is coming up and that if you do not win the case, you’ll likely lose the next election.
- What would you do?
- What ethical system influenced your decision? Explain thoroughly.
- Based on what you have read about the rules governing legal professionals, was what you did ethical? Explain.
Reminders for Grading (refer to syllabus and discussion board rubric for full details):
- You must make at least two contributions a week to the discussion board. This includes: your own response to the discussion question(s) AND at least one response to other posts in the discussion area. You must ANSWER ALL PARTS OF THE QUESTION(S).
- Comments to other students’ discussion posts cannot be “I agree/disagree.” You must provide substantive feedback in responses to other students’ post. This means you must provide an explanation for why you agree or disagree, and/or raise possible concerns/questions you may have regarding the arguments set forth in the post.
- You must cite any source(s) you use to support your statements/arguments. All citations should be in APA format. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE INFORMATION from sources – this is plagiarism! If you copy and paste information in your discussion post, then you will be given a zero for the assignment.
- Each discussion post is worth 6% of your final grade. Half of your grade is based on your original response to the discussion question(s) and the remainder is based on your response to other posts in the discussion board. To receive full credit for the assignment, you must answer/address all parts of the discussion prompt.
- Incorporate course readings into your posts (original and response). See syllabus and rubric for details
Required Texts: Pollock, J. M. (2019). Ethical dilemmas and decisions in criminal justice, 10th edition. Boston, MA: Cengage.
if you cant access the book I will send you pictures of the chapter required. Please cite from the book twice at least and include the chapter and page in the citation . Citation is in APA and so is the paper
please site from the book I have listed. Do you need me to submit screenshots of the chapter required
citations should be from chapter 10 of the boo
Moreover, there are also higher risks of false confessions, which are the basis for the convictions. In this case, one of the defendants had been made to confess by the police officer. Conversely, one of the criminal defense attorneys’ unethical practices is to guide the client to manufacture an alibi or other exculpatory evidence (Pollock, 2019, chapter 10, pg 299). Hence it would be significant to cross-examine the defendant to ensure the evidence presented would be useful. On the contrary, the defense attorney’s misconduct may involve non-commitment to determine whether testimony made to convict the defendant is credible (Pollock, 2019, chapter 10, pg 309). The reliability of the exculpatory evidence is the foundation for the justification of the decision made as ethical.