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09-11-2014, 05:31 PM
Moral Question
I though this up a few days ago. Let's say you SO/wife/partner (if you don't currently have one imagine you do) has committed a murder. You have vital testimony without out which they cannot be convicted. If convicted they face a 24 year prison term. Do you protect them or testify so justice can be done?

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09-11-2014, 05:34 PM
RE: Moral Question
I can't be forced to testify against my wife. Checkmate theists!!

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09-11-2014, 05:35 PM
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(09-11-2014 05:34 PM)WillHopp Wrote:  I can't be forced to testify against my wife. Checkmate theists!!

You have a point, but I don't think that's the point of this question...

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09-11-2014, 05:35 PM
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I knew a woman who was in this situation and she decided to wash her hands of the situation entirely. She didn't act to protect him, but didn't cooperate with the police either. It was a much, much less serious crime though (her husband had robbed a post office with a banana hidden in a shopping bag... no really).

The problem with this is that in serious cases even if you do not protect the person the police will come down on you for not fully cooperating. I don't know what I'd do in the situation to be honest, morally, but if I was considering my own safety I would block out all information and willingly make myself ignorant of the situation...

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09-11-2014, 05:37 PM
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(09-11-2014 05:34 PM)WillHopp Wrote:  I can't be forced to testify against my wife. Checkmate theists!!

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09-11-2014, 05:39 PM
RE: Moral Question
A very similar dilemma appears in the book "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink. There's also a film version of it I haven't seen, you should check it out. Book is always the most recommended.

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09-11-2014, 05:40 PM
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I wouldn't be asked to testify by anyone.


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09-11-2014, 05:43 PM
RE: Moral Question
What if your SO was Dexter?
He only kills 'bad guys'.
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09-11-2014, 05:44 PM
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Depends on who she killed and why.

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09-11-2014, 05:52 PM
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(09-11-2014 05:35 PM)Cetaceaphile Wrote:  I knew a woman who was in this situation and she decided to wash her hands of the situation entirely. She didn't act to protect him, but didn't cooperate with the police either. It was a much, much less serious crime though (her husband had robbed a post office with a banana hidden in a shopping bag... no really).

The problem with this is that in serious cases even if you do not protect the person the police will come down on you for not fully cooperating. I don't know what I'd do in the situation to be honest, morally, but if I was considering my own safety I would block out all information and willingly make myself ignorant of the situation...

I don't know about Britain, but here in the US and Canada you have the right to remain silent.

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