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09-11-2014, 05:53 PM
RE: Moral Question
(09-11-2014 05:52 PM)Res Publica Wrote:  
(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.

We do here also, but if the police can prove you know anything they can get you on that.

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09-11-2014, 05:55 PM (This post was last modified: 09-11-2014 06:10 PM by Drunkin Druid.)
RE: Moral Question
This is a bit hard.
I did make a promise to my wife so I must honour that. I made no such vows to the laws that govern the country. I guess it's important to consider the context of the murder.
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09-11-2014, 06:01 PM
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Consider

It would have made the divorce settlement a little easier.

Ah well, one can dream.

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09-11-2014, 06:18 PM
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(09-11-2014 05:37 PM)Cetaceaphile Wrote:  
(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, 06:22 PM
RE: Moral Question
(09-11-2014 05:44 PM)Chas Wrote:  Depends on who she killed and why.

This. As with most moral questions, every nitty gritty detail counts IMO. Can't make a call on this one without A LOT more info.

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09-11-2014, 06:29 PM
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If it was MY husband - I would not testify, I would automatically assume that he was in the right. After all, I have known him for decades and I would trust him to have made the correct decision at the time.

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09-11-2014, 07:03 PM
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I'd only be qualified to act as a character witness unless I had some kind of specific insight on the crime or my spouses' motivation. If I have that kind of insight... I don't think I'd testify.

I believe in the justice system. I believe in rehabilitation and appropriate punishment for crimes. I also often fail to live up to my own ideals and frankly I wouldn't be able to be objective. So abstaining is the action I'm most comfortable with.

I'm just not sure if that's hypocrisy or not.

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09-11-2014, 07:14 PM
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Moved thread to the philosophy section as it didn't really seem to belong in the CC.

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09-11-2014, 07:27 PM
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You can't make me testify against my spouse in the US. There is no way in hell I would volunteer to testify against him unless the crime was against a child or of the nature of Dennis Raider. I know my husband, that's not a problem. If he went Dexter on some pedos, nope don't care, carry on.

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12-11-2014, 08:40 AM
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To be honest it really depends on the circumstance. Was this murder "Justified"? Frankly i wouldn't testify because I'd more then likely be an accomplice anyway, having helped dispose of the body. Drinking Beverage

Besides I've studied numbers on police corruption and the STAGGERING amount of prosecutorial misconduct, and I would trust my wife far more then a asshole prosecutor. It's like that film, Law Abiding Citizen, it's really good but about 3/4 in the forget who the fucking villain of the film actually is (it's Jamie Foxx).

I also grew up in a place where stuff was not handled by police anyway. Tongue

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