Blackstone's Formulation: Let 10/100/1000 guilty men go to prevent innocent man's suffering?
A friend of mine was arguing about this, so I figured it would be a good discussion for these forums.
I'm going to guess that most people here will agree with Blackstone's formulation, but it makes for a good discussion anyway.
So, would you let 10-1,000 guilty men go to prevent the suffering/imprisonment/death of one innocent man? Personally, I believe that to disagree with Blackstone is to endorse a broken justice system, and to agree with it is to endorse a justice system that is not 100% effective. It's better to be less than fully effective than it is to be broken and harmful.