While in law school, you are doing an internship as a judge's clerk. You are working at your desk, and the judge is in his office talking to one of the state's attorneys.
You overhear the discussion regarding one of the defendants whose case will be heard in his courtroom today. You heard the judge making comments about the defendant's character, saying "What a lowlife this guy is." Knowing that all the cases being heard today will have a bench trial, meaning the judge will rule on the person's guilt or innocence, what should you do? Justify your answer based on sound moral judgment, values, and consequences of actions, using an ethical decision-making process.
In this scenario sound moral judgment would weigh against the consequences of one's actions. Sound moral judgment would infer that the judge should be recused from hearing the case of the defendant because he has made prejudice statements against the defendant that will impact his ability to remain fair and impartial during the trial. Therefore, the clerk should report the incident to ...
Ethical decision-making processes are examined.