Re: Moral Dilemma
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 14:25:47 -0500
Lawyer Jim Moss gave us all something to think about...it didn't take me
much time to think about this:
>A Scout makes a mistake. He holds a controlled substance for a friend.
> The friend is pretty, smart and female. (Facts not comments on society).
> Female is busted and rats out Scout. Scout is called into school office
>and asked if he is in possession.
>The Scout Oath and Law would require the Scout to answer honestly.
> However, an honest answer gets the Scout arrested for possession of a
>controlled substance, a felony. The felony gets you thrown out of >school
and having to deal with the criminal justice system and me, a >lawyer.
>Lying allows the Scout to walk.
>Saying nothing allows the Scout to walk.
>1. What does the Scout Do.
"I am sorry, Mr. Moss. I choose not to say anything about this until I
consult with my parents and our (family) lawyer. I am not trying to evade
your question, but I want to know my rights as a citizen before I answer."
He says nothing until he hires a lawyer. confides with his counselor, and
makes a statement as to what happened to the local school authorities.
Natually, he needs to also confides with his parents and explains the entire
situation including the situation in which he was used by this beautiful
Scouts don't lie, even when it's "convienent" for them or is to their best
benefit. By seeking legal representation, surely between the two lawyers a
favorable resolution can be obtained. Not being a lawyer, I don't know much
about that part....but I've read enough papers and John Grisham novels to
know that pleabargining is a part too of American life *grinning*
While the Scout Oath and Law should be the moral compass here, Jim, ther's
also the Consitutional laws and acts which as citizens overrides the Scout
rules. I would have the Scout to seek representation, and only then, does
he honestly and forthrightly explain his role in the situation.
This may be the difference between him serving time and him seeing the young
lady serve time.
That's what *I* would recommend.....
Thanks for making my mind work this morning, even though this was discussed
a short time back. I'm just getting to the "m"s today!!
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