Ethics/Morals in Criminal Justice – The Dirty Harry Problem

 

 

Answer the questions pertaining to the scenario below. Consider the scenario below, taken from the movie, Dirty Harry, starring Clint Eastwood-

“Dirty Harry Callahan is an Inspector with the San Francisco Police Department- A 14-year-old girl has been kidnapped and is being held captive by a
psychopathic killer. The killer, Scorpio, has already stuck twice, killing a priest and a young black boy. He demands a $200,000 ransom to release the girl,
who is buried with just enough oxygen to keep her alive for a few hours- Harry gets the dirty job of delivering the ransom, and after enormous exertion, finally
meets Scorpio- At the meeting, Scorpio reneges on the bargain tries to kill Inspector Callahan- Harry manages to stab Scorpio in the leg, but not before
Scorpio seriously wounds Harry’s partner. Scorpio escapes, but Harry manages to track him down through the clinic where Scorpio was treated for the leg
wound Harry inflicted- Learning that Scorpio lives on the grounds of the SF 49er football stadium, Harry breaks into his apartment without a warrant because
there is little time to obtain one, finds the guns and other evidence connecting Scorpio to the killings, and manages to chase him down on the 50 yard line,
where Harry shoots him (with ‘the world’s most powerful handgun, a Colt -44 Magnum”) in the leg as he is trying to escape- With time for the girl running out,
Harry, standing over Scorpio, demands to know where the girl is buried- Scorpio refuses to disclose her location, demanding his rights to an attorney. Harry
then stands on the killer’s bullet mangled leg and manages to extract a confession of the girl’s location from him- As it turns out, by the time police locate the
body, based on Scorpio’s tortured confession, she is already dead- Moreover, the confession and the evidence from the warrantless search are not
admissible in court- Scorpio goes free-”

Answer the following questions:
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1- What is a moral dilemma?

 

 

2- What four kinds of moral decisions do not constitute a moral dilemma?

 

 

Developing-Fails to identify at least two types of moral decisions which do not constitute a moral dilemma-

3- What four questions must be asked (and answered in the affirmative) to establish if a Dirty Harry Problem exists?

 

 

 

4- Explain (don’t just mention) Klockars’s four assumptions police make about guilt?

 

Satisfactory-Outlines and describes at least two assumptions police make about guilt

Developing-Outlines and describes fewer that two assumptions police make about guilt

5- What is the specific moral dilemma the Dirty Harry Problem poses for police officers? (ONE OR TWO SENTENCES ONLY)

6- Explain whether and how Inspector Callahan acted as a virtuous professional in terms of each of his FOUR professional relationships-
Excellent-Notes whether and explains how Callahan acted as a virtuous professional in all four professional relationships

7- Explain whether and how Inspector Callahan acted as a virtuous professional in terms of each of his SEVEN professional obligations-
Excellent-Notes whether and explains how Callahan acted as a virtuous professional in all seven professional obligations