The Speluncean Case Study

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The Speluncean case, as mythical as it may be, poses much weight on ethical issues, probably as much as euthanasia weighs. Whetmore's proposition to consume the flesh of one among the group for survival resulted in getting himself killed and eaten. As the defendants admitted, the former was not excused from the decision making game, and was forced to play. Therefore, Whetmore's death was not voluntarily but we can assume it was indeed induced against his will. Moreover, the testimony of the defendants was accepted as the truth. Since no further evidence can be provided to either support their testimony or counteract it, we will also go along with it. As such, the defendants' testimony is what accuses them further. The issue we emphasize on is how the judges' ruling might have been influenced differently had they based their assumptions solely on Whetmore being forced to play the game. Our colleague's posting reviews the points of view from which the judges argued their ruling. However, it misses to underline that, for each of the positions taken by the judges the testimony of the defendants was accepted as accurate. Nevertheless, the approach is relevant because it implies that circumstances in certain crime cases are questionable and thus difficult to address. But it fails to point that the judges never once considered the possibility of the defendants' false testimony. Either way, from where we stand, the defendants are definitely guilty of committing a crime. However,

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