Sample Humanities Problem
The President of the United States has resigned his office rather than face impeachment hearings. Many of his top aides have been charged, convicted, and incarcerated as a result of actions taken during the former President's administration. As the new President's Chief of Staff, you need to advise the President as he makes a decision regarding his predecessor. He can pardon the ex-President who is gravely ill and save the country the turmoil and spectacle of a trial. However, if he does pardon his predecessor, he runs the risk of alienating a large segment of the population who want to punish the ex-President (and possibly humiliate him). There is also the matter of the upcoming election which the new President wants to win. Draft a briefing paper for the President with a third alternative, which lists the pros and cons of all options, and considers the ethical implications of all three possible decisions.