Discuss a case where a lawyer can save an innocent man from execution only by betraying his own client (who is guilty). What are the moral pros and cons here?
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The ethical dilemma is between the moral responsibility to the client (Stand of Care) and the moral responsibility to society and to self (protecting those who are innocent).
Pros of betraying the client are these: (1) Doing the right thing and having a clear conscious (social and personal responsibility), (2) Protecting others from being harmed by his client in the future (social responsibility), (3) Saving an innocent man from being executed (personal responsibility - clear conscious)
On the other hand, the Cons of betraying client would include the following: (1) Could get disbarred or face disciplinary actions (Standard of Care violations, etc.), (2) Might face a malpractice suit from the client (Standard of Care violations, #4 highlighted in the example below).
e.g. in AR:
1.1:330 Standard of Care
Discusses a case where a lawyer can save an innocent man from execution only by betraying his own client (who is guilty), including the moral pros and cons.