Assignment #1: Defining Justice
Although the Criminal Code has specific definition for defining justice, when it is applied in the theoretic to society it appears to be just in fair dealing with crime. However, when applied in reality a singular definition of justice does not encompass or take into consideration the historical context of certain individuals, the environmental, or situational factors that may have occurred or the burdens and advantages unequally distributed in society.
When we are trying to define justice, there are four main principles. The first is desert, which means getting what one deserves (Hurlbert, 2011). Secondly, there is fairness, this means treating equals equally. Then, there is equality which means treating people the same. Lastly, the final principle is moral righteousness, this encompasses the ideal of individual virtue and ethical contact (Hurlbert, 2011). It is very clear that all these aspects are all independent of each other. One definition is unable to cover all these aspects when they are not mutually exclusive and contradict each other.
In 2014, 15-year-old Tina Fontatine was murdered and dumped into Red River. Raymond Cormier was quickly accused and charged with little to no evidence (CBC Radio, 2018). Raymond was a poorly educated individual, who was homeless, a drug attic, and struggled with mental health (CBC Radio, 2018). All important factors when taking a liable confession, then later the case resulted in him being found not guilty. With that all said, how is...