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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. Provide constructive feedback to your classmates’ posts, and be sure to respect the views and choices that they present.

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CRJS420-DB5NameClassDateProfessorCRJS420-DB5 A judge is supposed apply the law both fairly and equally. They are not supposed to draw conclusions about a criminal defendant without first hearing the evidence and if they have preconceived notions about a criminal defendant than they should be recused from the criminal case. Judges are public official's that have not only a legal and ethical obligation to ensure the equal distribution of justice but a moral one as well. When a judge violates this moral, legal, or ethical obligation a breach of trust has occurred and the integrity of the judiciary has not been uphold. Members of the court have a legal and ethical obligation to report any biased actions involving the criminal court judge. Even if an individual is only an intern they have a responsibility to report this behavior to the judicial disciplinary

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