Monday, February 06, 2006

Absence of Malice Laundry List

A few unethical actions:

1. The file "left" on the desk for Meg to read
2. Meg reading the file
3. The paper caring only about being legally unaccountable for the story, which they really knew nothing about, on Gallagher
4. Meg using men by getting romantically involved to get information (Gallagher, the detective)
5. The FBI putting pressure on Gallagher, whom they knew to be innocent, with the hope of getting him to reveal something
6. Gallagher not divulging the information it seems he knew or suspected about his uncle's involvement in the disappearance of Diaz
7. Meg's reprehensible violation of Teresa's privacy

Of these, the conflict I find most problematic is the FBI putting pressure on Gallagher. What they’re doing isn’t really fair, but on the other hand, it is smart. Gallagher is certainly connected with the crime family that seem logically implicated in the union leader’s dissapearance. Even if he didn’t do it, chances are he knows who did, or can at least point them in the right direction. So it makes sense that they’re pursuing him; the question is, how much pressure can be applied to a potential witness? I don’t want some Orwellian super police force with unlimited power running around strangling information and confessions out of people, but as I said, on the other hand, it does make sense to apply some pressure to a potential mob witness. So how much power should the government/police have to control the bad guys? I don’t want Gallagher’s rights infinged on, legally or ethically, but I also think that if you want to take down a big, bad bunch of mobsters, you’re probably going to have to play a little rough. I don’t want to be soft on criminals or those who allow crime to take place. I don’t have any solution or clarification of the issue. I just think its problematic.

1 comment:

Aggie Blue said...

Boy Scout said:

"6. Gallagher not divulging the information it seems he knew or suspected about his uncle's involvement in the disappearance of Diaz"

Not to put too fine a point on this one, but why should Gallagher cave in to pressure from the press to talk? Isn't this an example of the much-maligned "trial by media"?