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Criminal Justice

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/8/2013 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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henrywu

Con

In the US justice system, attorneys have the right to conceal information.
Weiler

Pro

To the extent that it is allowed, attorneys should be able to conceal information.
Debate Round No. 1
henrywu

Con

per"ju"ry (p"rj-r)
n. pl. per"ju"ries
1. Law The deliberate, willful giving of false, misleading, or incomplete testimony under oath.
2. The breach of an oath or promise.

Attorneys do not have the right to conceal evidence because they commit perjury by being able to leave out truth. Concealment of information usurps the power of court, resulting in miscarriages of justice. Justice, the relative concept of moral rightness, cannot be properly administered if attorneys leave out information, therefore I argue that evidence should take precedence in the court system.

Lets say, for example, that a man murders his friend. The man confesses to his attorney that he committed the crime, but the lawyer persuades him to plead not guilty. In this case, the man gets off without any punishment. Was justice properly administered?

Sure, you might argue that the constitution guarantees the right to an attorney, but this is debate.org and we can come up with a fake universe. So instead of attorney-client privilege, I propose a factual based court of justice.
Weiler

Pro

An attorney in the courtroom is not under oath. An attorney may introduce facts and evidence supporting an verdict he/she knows is wrong. They may not suborn perjury. That is, they may not introduce witness testimony (which is under oath) that they know to be a lie, nor may they introduce doctored evidence. It is the attorney's job to use the evidence, to support a favorable verdict.

Our court system was built around the idea that it is better for a guilty man to go free than to allow an innocent man to be punished. There is, in fact, a lot to be corrected in our system to bring us back to that point, as many innocent people have been incarcerated.
Debate Round No. 2
henrywu

Con

henrywu forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
henrywu

Con

henrywu forfeited this round.
Weiler

Pro

Another FF, really?
Debate Round No. 4
henrywu

Con

henrywu forfeited this round.
Weiler

Pro

My opponent has abandoned the debate.
Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by NiqashMotawadi3 3 years ago
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