Read: Part I: Ethics and the Criminal Justice System

Chapter 3: Justice and the Law

Chapter 4: Becoming an Ethical Professional

Lecture: Introduction to the course (Morality, Behavior, Law and Professionalism)

See Unit 2 for Assignment

Discussion forum Topic: Morality

Please answer the questions that follow in this case study in complete sentences (be sure to include material discussed in the chapter):

You are serving on a jury for a murder trial. The evidence presented at trial was largely circumstantial and, in your mind, equivocal. During closing, the prosecutor argued that you must find the defendant guilty because he confessed to the crime. The defense attorney immediately objected and the judge sternly instructed you to disregard the prosecutor’s statement. While you do not know exactly what happened, you suspect that the confession was excluded because of some procedural error. Would you be able to ignore the prosecutor’s statement in your deliberations? Should you? Would you tell the judge if the jury members discussed the statement and appeared to influenced by it?

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