Post Reply A siamese twin murders someone. How is he punished?
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Posted 7/4/14 , edited 7/4/14
Suppose for this scenario that two brothers are siamese twins. They're in their twenties and can't be separated without dying. Also, if one of them dies, both will die. If one of them murders someone, how should he be punished?

1. Death - life for life, but the innocent twin dies, too.
2. Prison
3. Surgery for separation
4. No punishment
5. Something else.
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Posted 7/4/14
Depending on the criminal court system, knowledge of the crime and being present for it may be considered "accessory to the fact" which would make both guilty of the same crime. This status would be even more applicable if the "innocent" did nothing to stop the one performing the act.
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Posted 7/4/14
That's deep lol but Bullbound makes sense.
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Posted 7/4/14
Interesting poll.

Posted 7/4/14
I bet they committed it together.

Dude, when you're other half of you is holding an axe, you don't go around chugging down a glass of milk right? You wouldn't even be casually sleeping.

They're both guilty.

Unless the half that didn't do the crime, had reported his other half.

Oh, but then that half that did commit the murder probably would have threatened him "I'll chop your head off my butt side."

Or something.

GUILTY.
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Posted 7/4/14
Charge one for murder and the other for accessory to murder and send them to prison for the same amount of time.
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Looking back now, I should have read Bullbound's comment first.
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Posted 7/4/14
Anyone else surprised by the number of folks voting for surgery, but not for death? As put forth in the first post, if you do the surgery then you kill them. Surgery = Death...wait, why have both choices? Doesn't that make the surgery option redundant? Personally, I voted for prison. It is almost always cheaper for the tax payer in first and second world countries to imprison a person for life than it is to give them a death sentence. Add in the fact that many countries with a death sentence only kill a very small percentage of those given such a punishment...

The premise of two conjoined people being guilty and innocent at the same time is at face value an interesting ethical dilemma. But, then you start to think about it and the emotional impact of "innocent" is gone. If conjoined to this degree, then they know all about the other person's actions. The moral question that comes up is not one of legal guilt, but if the "innocent" twin should stop their sibling even though doing so would cost them their life? There is no guarantee that they will both be given a death sentence if found guilty, but stopping the twin will result will result in the twins dying and the victim living. Is the victim's life and death of the twins worth more or less than the guilt that the murder could be prevented and a possible death sentence when found guilty?
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Posted 7/4/14

theapplesauceman wrote:

Charge one for murder and the other for accessory to murder and send them to prison for the same amount of time.


What if the other one was comatose at the time due to a shrapnel injury previously incurred and had only recently woken up or suppose the other twin was under duress?
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By " cant be separate without dying", i assume that means there conjoined ? right if they are then


ok if their connected together , both would be guilty in a away seeing how their conjoint. although one made the murder
the other clearly witnessed it,because he cannot be separate from him. So in a way he helped, because he did nothing to try to stop it . Or also since they cannot be separate for a long period of time who is to say that the brother that was the murder, made his plan and the (innocent one )knew all along but did not act to tell anyone. and did not speak out. Making him not innocent but an accomplice with a larger or smaller charge, depending how he went about with the info. to tell or not to tell.

Either way if he did do the right and notified the police it would have been to late because he did not act in time and told the truth far to late after his brother had made the murder. still holding him reliable.


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Posted 7/4/14 , edited 7/4/14
Send them to the Tower of London!

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Make them part of the tour.
Posted 7/4/14 , edited 7/4/14
You mean in the case, where one of them becomes malevolent, and maybe knock the other head unconscious... and then proceeds to kill someone?

I'd say imprisonment. It's unfair for the innocent twin, but it's the logical choice. This scenario is so unlikely to occur, because they wouldn't want to compromise one another, and sometimes if you knock the other twin unconscious, you actually can't move properly.


(But it can happen, the human mind is fickle, even separate identical twins can turn on one another).

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after reading all comments, I chose the other option... send them to an institution for the criminally insane for medical research until a safe way can be found to separate the two, this will help out 2 ways 1. it will stop any harm from one twin from the other and 2 if/when they are separated, the one who committed the murder can be sentenced more harshly and the other can receive any and all psychological and medical help after the separation.


or....

force them into the military and let their homicidal actions work for the better by allowing them to kill the enemy in times of war and afterwards if they're still alive...eh?
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Just chop off one head and keep the other!
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