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    Examine the claim of consequentialism that actions are "right" to the extent they have beneficial consequences. Describe a situation in which a judge might apply the principle that the end justifies the means. Assume you are a district attorney. Take a position for or against the ethics of the "principle of utility" (also referred to as the "greatest happiness principle") as it applies to plea bargaining. Provide an example and rationale to support your position.

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    For the judge, let us take the hypothetical case of a known serial killer. The killer is a danger to the community, and the judge knows that there will be riots (causing, of course, more deaths to the community) if the killer is not put to death. The case is strong enough to at least put the killer in ...

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    Examines the claim of consequentialism.