Post your response to the following: Read and respond to Situation 3 on pp. 24-25 in Ethics in Crime and Justice. Is the mother legally culpable but morally blameless, both legally and morally culpable, or some other combination? Explain your answer.
Situation 3 (pp. 24-25)
You are selected for a jury in a trial of a 64-year-old mother who killed her two adult sons. The two men were institutionalized and suffered from Huntingtonâ€™s disease, a degenerative brain disease. They were certain to die and would endure much pain and suffering before they did. Her husband had also died from this same disease and she had nursed him through his suffering. She took a gun into the nursing home, kissed her sons goodbye, and then shot them both through the head. She was arrested for first-degree murder. The prosecutor informs you that there is no â€œmercy killingâ€ defense in the law as it is written. How would you decide this case? What punishment does she deserve? [See Ellington, K. 2003, â€œJustice Tempered With Mercy,â€ Houston Chronicle, January 30, 10A. The prosecutor took a plea of guilty to assisting suicide.]