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1 Lon L Fuller, `The Case of the Speluncean Explorers’ 2 See, eg, Jordi Ferrer Beltr n and Giovanni Battista Ratti (eds), The Logic of Legal Requirements. articles were Henry Hart’s famous dialogue2 and Lon Fuller’s presen- tation of the case of the speluncean explorers.3 They still are. Why is that so? Perhaps one. Tags: legal theory, judicial decisions, Speluncean Explorers . the force of legal theories in action is Lon Fuller’s The Case of the Speluncean

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A Journal of the History of Science Radio contact is subsequently lost. He criticizes the other judges for failing to distinguish the legal from the moral aspects of the case. Following their rescue and recovery, the survivors are charged with the murder of Whetmore.

Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Sign in Create an account. Radio contact is eventually established with the cavers on the 20th day of the cave-in, and the cavers learn that another 10 days would be required in order to free them. They then consult with medical experts, who inform them that they are unlikely to survive to the rescue given the likelihood of starvation.

They decide who should be killed by throwing a pair of dice. Justice Handy notes that apart from the ambivalent Justice Tatting, the other judges share the majority public opinion. The facts of the case are recounted in the first judicial opinion, which is given by Chief Justice Truepenny. The judge counters potential objections of judicial activism by suggesting that although judges must obey the will of legislators, they must do so intelligently. The first opinion is largely expository ; it is used to recount the facts of the case.

In determining that the convictions should be overturned, Justice Foster makes two main points. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.


He states that “almost every consideration that bears on the decision of the case is counterbalanced by an opposing consideration leading in the opposite direction. Marvin Henberg – – Environmental Ethics 6 3: The others refuse to accept his change ln mind, and cast the dice on his behalf. Both the trial judge and members of the jury petition the Chief Executive to commute the sentence of the surviving spelunkers from the death penalty to six months’ imprisonment. This would allow justice to be achieved “without impairing either the letter or spirit of our statutes and without offering any encouragement for the disregard of law”.

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The cavers are ultimately convicted of murder. He is subsequently killed and eaten. Statute is unambiguous and must be applied by judiciary notwithstanding personal views Clemency is a matter for the executivenot the judiciary Court should joint petition explorere Chief Executive for clemency.

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They decide to engage in cannibalismand select one of their number to be killed and eaten so that the others may survive. Justice Keen recalls that earlier instances of judicial activism in Newgarth had ultimately led to civil warwhich established ghe supremacy of the legislature over the judiciary.

Seattle University Law Review. George Dumezil and Mircea Eliade]. The mandatory sentence for murder in Newgarth is death by hanging.

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Largely taking the form of a fictional judgment, it presents a legal philosophy puzzle to the reader and five possible solutions in the form of judicial opinions that are attributed to judges sitting on the fictional “Supreme Court of Newgarth” in the year Fuller first published in the Harvard Law Review in The judges voting to uphold the convictions simply differ from Justices Lob and Handy on whose role it is to spare the defendants from the death penalty.


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If this Court declares that under our law these men have committed a crime, then our law is itself convicted in the tribunal of common sense, no matter what happens to the individuals involved in this petition of error.

This article has no associated vase. Rich – – Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 10 2: Wikipedia articles needing clarification from March The case involves five explorers who are caved in following a landslide.

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The Case of the Speluncean Explorers

Explorers of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. As its main purpose is deterrence, the judge concluded that, just as with a case of self-defence, the purpose of the statute would not be served by upholding the convictions.

Write a customer review. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Two other judges overturn the convictions; one focuses on “common sense” and the popular will while the other uses arguments drawn from the natural law tradition, emphasizing the purposive approach. Feteris – – Ratio Juris 21 4: I believe something more is on trial in this case than the fate of these unfortunate explorers; that is the law of our Commonwealth.

Harvard Law Review No one outside the cave is willing to answer this question. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat They learn via intermittent radio contact that, without food, they are likely to starve to death before they can be rescued.

Feteris – – Argumentation 19 4: