If a person has broken a law to help people, should he:

Posted by: MyDinosaurHands

Take this as the broken law: A man killed US citizens because it was the only way to save even more US citizens. Killing the citizens was his only way to prevent more bloodshed.

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Be exempt from punishment for the crime.

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Be put on trial for the crime regardless.

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TS-387 says2014-04-21T20:18:31.4215122-05:00
Yes dishonoured!
MyDinosaurHands says2014-04-21T20:19:41.7311044-05:00
I feel like that pic applies. I thought there should've been a scene where they either did or did not put you on trial, based on your crimes committed in service to the kingdom.
adequate says2014-04-21T20:29:17.2442837-05:00
If that example is the only one, I would have to say he could be exempt, however this is a vague umbrella question that, under other circumstances but under the same name, could be answered as "trial needed". The evidence and examples should be examined before considering a trial and whether or not a trial is needed or viable. That said, I would conduct a trial at least to make sure what he did was correct and valid, even if he will not be persecuted during the hearing. In this scenario, he would be put on trial to make sure he was in the right, and would then be exempt for his crime, which would mark both options herein. But again, it depends on the scenario and the circumstances.
discomfiting says2014-04-21T20:30:26.2894411-05:00
Depends
MyDinosaurHands says2014-04-21T20:40:07.0959330-05:00
I should've been more specific with the details, sorry.
MyDinosaurHands says2014-04-21T20:48:21.0855799-05:00
Maybe this will help a little, if only a little. The people the person in question killed were definitely innocent bystanders. And you can just switch go on trial to say face corresponding punishment.
discomfiting says2014-04-21T21:33:20.4364030-05:00
If somebody killed h. H. Holmes before he killed all those people, why should the person that killed Holmes be put on trial?
Actionsspeak says2014-04-21T21:35:30.2760353-05:00
He should be put on trial, but if he was simply aiding people he likely deserves a pardon.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-21T21:36:32.4424338-05:00
The judicial system is flexible when it comes to black and white morality
HeavyReader says2014-04-22T09:10:46.3983207-05:00
It really depends on what the people were being "helped" with.
yetifivepecks says2014-04-26T03:44:52.4432891-05:00
There just isn't enough information for me to vote. The circumstances would have to be better defined. If someone ran over a group of protesters with a car in order to prevent a bomb from going off in a hospital, should he be exempt of punishment? Personally, with the way the question is worded now, I would have to say that murder is never allowable.

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