Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice chapter 4 & 5 review

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Chapter 4 & 5 Assignment
By
Lydia Henley

Chapter 4 & 5

In chapter four, I particularly liked how they started off with the unethical decisions that famous politicians had made. On a side note I think it is quite obvious that all of that bad press led to John Edward’s eventual downfall in the election. I think it was ironic how the governor, Spitzer, had promised to clean up the streets but then turned and was caught on tape setting up a “date” with a call girl. It is, in my opinion; when you are in a position of power the people who are under you, or look up to you, ultimately decide your credibility. With that said, if you're in a position of power any bad rumor or lack of good judgment can hinder you from that position and in some cases make it very difficult for you to be able to get another similar position in the future. Unfortunately making good or bad decisions are not always black and white. But when these decisions are obviously, without a doubt, wrong you will be viewed as a person who makes unethical decisions. For the “ moral crusaders”, one wrongdoing might be enough for them to be seen as someone who doesn't belong in a certain position, even though everyone makes mistakes.

I was very excited to read the Corruption On the Border section, because it is something I watch very closely. I also find it interesting that they mentioned the a border issue, especially because we live in Arizona and we, just like any other border state, feel and deal with this problem daily. It stunned me to find out that 600 cases were opened and only 9 officers were arrested. I wonder how they started out with such a high number but were only able to process and convict nine people. To be honest it surprised me to find out that it was a woman, Martha Garcia, did a crime as bad and thought out as that. I am not saying men do all of these border crimes, but I assumed that it would be a...
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