We humbly believe that there should be no apportioning of blameworthiness
in this respect.
Can we allow our consciences to genuinely attest to our goodness or blameworthiness
- or will we just run away from such conclusions, self-righteously believing that we as human beings are bound to make mistakes, or even sin?
In this paper the authors develop a general normative framework for criticisability, blamelessness, and blameworthiness
in the offending is rightly regarded as an
The crowd-sourced character (Nica, 2016b) of the annihilation dissipates attitudes of blameworthiness
(Benedikter et al.
58) As the harm was primarily economic, moral blameworthiness
was not a prominent factor.
The system should not punish offenders more severely than can be justified by their blameworthiness
or the gravity of their offenses, relative to the severity of punishments justly imposed on others for the same and other offenses.
Of course, the Guidelines have provisions that accommodate many sentencing considerations other than offense seriousness, such as the defendant's criminal history (thought to have a bearing both on likelihood of recidivism and blameworthiness
for the current offense), potential reductions in sentence based on unusual personal circumstances or cooperation with the government, the defendant's choice to plead guilty rather than go to trial, and more.
Jurors use the perceived intent behind actions to make judgments on the character, trustworthiness, credibility and blameworthiness
of parties and witnesses.
Justice Monnin wrote: "an offender's moral blameworthiness
may be reduced if he suffers from an FASD-related diagnosis and there is a connection between the condition and the offence for which he stands charged.
14 In this case, there is no "remorse" despite the fact that the accused's moral blameworthiness
may be in question.
of the offender can also vary greatly between cases, with some owners deliberately training dogs to be dangerous, while other offences may involve a momentary lapse of control over a dog by an otherwise responsible owner.