“The Academy Award-winning documentary Murder on a Sunday Afternoon, which originally aired on HBO as part of its America Undercover series, is a troubling look at modern police investigation that unfolds in a story as compelling and suspenseful as any fictional drama. French director Jean-Xavier De Lestrade’s intimate camerawork pulls viewers into the jury box to help decide the fate of 15-year-old Brenton Butler, a black resident of Jacksonville, Florida, who becomes the prime suspect in the shooting death of an elderly white woman simply because he was seen in the vicinity of the crime. Butler’s attorney, a magnetic public defender named Patrick McGuinness, must pit his legal skills against a mountain of shoddy investigative work and corruption to save his client from life in prison.” (Amazon.com).
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*** A full-length documentary film was available on YouTube, but it was removed recently. The documentary film is available on Amazon Prime. I have included a video clip of the film (taken from the Acadamy Award Ceremony) to help you address the discussion questions.
Post your responses to the following questions: provide examples and references
- The documentary, Murder on a Sunday Morning is a classical example of the inadequacies and limitations of the American criminal justice system. Explain some of the limitations and pitfalls of the criminal justice system using the examples from the documentary. What are some of the solutions?
- Think about the evidence and the eye-witness in this case. How did the prosecution and the defense use them in the trial? Have they succeeded in building convincing arguments using evidence and eye-witness? If yes, how? If not, why? Explain your answer.
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Attempted Suicide and Physician Intervention
The case is that of a 35 year old white, single, female who was found on her bed stuporous and moaning by her father and mother with whom she lives. There was a note in the room written by her explaining that she had carefully considered her life and what was happening to her and that she wanted to die. There was evidence in the bathroom that she had most likely taken three bottles of different pills including barbiturates. The family immediately called the paramedics and the patient was taken to the nearby hospital emergency room. The physician was presented with the note and the bottles and since the patient was not fully unconscious began to insert a nasogastric tube to aspirate the contents of the stomach. As he was attempting to get the tube down, the patient became briefly more responsive and cried out that she didn’t want the tube, she didn’t want any treatment and that she wanted to be left alone and allowed to die. She moaned that she had left a note which said she wanted to die and she meant it. The family arrived in the next few minutes and informed the physician that she had not seemed depressed to them and she had never seen a psychiatrist but the medications were prescribed by her general physician. When told about what she had requested of the physician, the family urged that the doctor continue treatment.
What should he do next? The physician realized that if she had consumed the pills in the bottles she would most likely not survive without medical treatment and yet it seemed clear that she did not want any treatment.
The issue is whether the doctor must follow the request of the patient and stop treatment and allow her to die.
Please address the following questions: provide examples and references.
1.) Does the principle of patient autonomy apply here?
2.) Can the physician perform a treatment against the consent of the patient?
3.) What is the responsibility of the ER physician in this matter?
4.) Must the physician be required to participate in completing an attempted suicide?
We have studied the relationship between anatomy (form) and physiology (function) in our brains. Why are humans more prone to adapt to environmental changes? What can get in the way of our adaptability? Cite any sources you use to answer the questions. Provide examples and references.
If you were a policymaker, what are some of the considerations you would use in formulating a collection plan? provide examples and references.