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Ethics and Law
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How does ethics relate to law?
If everyone made the same ethical decisions with the same results, there would be no need for law. In the real world, however, some people engage in conduct that most people agree is wrong.
Why do ethics and law sometimes conflict?
Because law is made by people it is imperfect. Legislators and judges bring their own personal opinions/bias to the lawmaking process.
Why is law necessary?
Law defines the legal rights and duties of the people and provides the means of enforcing these rights and duties
What are the ways we can arrive at ethical decisions?
Feelings and opinions, the greater good, and the golden rule
What is the Golden Rule?
Do to others as you would have them do to you
List four ethical character traits
Honesty, justice, compassion, and integrity
What are the five main sources of law?
constitutional law, common law, statutory law, court decisions, administrative regulations
What is the most fundamental law in the U.S.?
The U.S. Constitution has how many amendments?
The first 10 amendments are called the....
Bill of Rights
If a federal or state statute conflicts with the U.S. Constitution, it is ruled...
In early history, judges traveled in circuits deciding cases and sharing their decisions with other judges. This practice formed the basis of what is called...
Common law led to the doctrine of? (it means a judge is required to follow an earlier court decision when deciding a case with similar circumstances)
Laws specifically passed by a governing body are called...
Rules and procedures established by regulatory agencies are called...
Equal and fair treatment of people
Laws passed by U.S. Congress and signed by the President
Being sympathetic to the difficulties of others
Doing what is right regardless of personal consequences
A body of lawmakers which has the job of creating or passing statutory law
Rules of conduct established by the government to maintain stability and justice are called
Common law originated in...
How can Courts make law?
through common law tradition, by interpreting statutes, and by judicial review
A document that spells out the principles by which that country's government operates
Values that govern a society's attitude toward right and wrong
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