July 2008

Mr. Rove

“Former White House adviser Karl Rove defied a congressional subpoena and refused to testify Thursday about allegations of political pressure at the Justice Department, including whether he influenced the prosecution of a former Democratic governor of Alabama.”  — The Washington Post, July 10, 2008

When … Read More

Justice vs. Compassion – My Choice

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said, “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” In the decision regarding Susan Atkins plea for “compassionate release” based on a terminal illness, I choose compassion.  But … Read More

Justice vs. Compassion – The Comments

“I formed my opinion before finishing the second paragraph.” So began one of several observations regarding my July 1st commentary about a choice before the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation concerning convicted murderer Susan Atkins:  she would either continue to serve a life sentence … Read More

Do You Bling?

Well you probably realized that sooner or later I had to revisit sex, but it usually comes attached to some scandal. Not this time.

There has been a lot of talk lately about what’s been called a “carbon footprint.”  It measures the impact that humans … Read More

Justice vs. Compassion

Here’s your dilemma: You are an ethicist who has been asked by a prison board to offer an opinion concerning the possible release of an inmate.

A notorious prisoner – convicted of multiple murders – has served almost 40 years of a life sentence.  Recently, … Read More