For this assignment, read the cases of Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Arkansas (2012). These cases deal with the topic of juveniles tried and sentenced as adults.
- Analyze whether either of these cases addresses the utilitarian view of ethical treatment of convicted murderers.
- Differentiate between the peacemaking philosophy and deontological philosophy in the context of murder sentencing for juveniles. Do these philosophies differ when the defendant is an adult?
- Considering these two cases, determine whether either should have been handled differently under the utilitarian or the deontological philosophies.
- In general terms, consider a judge who must determine whether a 16-year-old who committed a violent crime should be tried as an adult. Identify the ethical dilemma(s) the judge faces and describe how he or she might arrive at an ethical decision.