The Speluncean Explorer's case

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THE CASE OF THE SPELUNCEAN EXPLORERS (A hypothetical legal case study) Name of Student (author) Name of University Introduction This paper examines the relevant issues in a hypothetical legal case which had involved five members of the Speluncean Society (an explorers club) which forced all the members of the judiciary trying the case, to take a hard look again at the case facts because of the unusual nature of cannibalism among the survivors who were trapped inside a cave they were exploring from an unexpected landslide, which closed their only exit point from the cave.


In essence, what this case showed is an apparent conflict between law and justice, when there is an exigency, and whether the law as written, still applies due to the highly unusual circumstances obtaining in this case, or to allow some exceptions to the rule of law, which might undermine the structure of an orderly society. Discussion Five members of the explorer society went inside a limestone cavern but soon found out they were involuntarily imprisoned due to a landslide which blocked the only known opening of the cave, and hence, blocked their exit for escape as well. It took some time for the rescue party to finally gain access to the trapped explorers which entailed great effort and expense. When they were finally rescued, after repeated landslides which killed ten rescuers, on the thirty-second day of their imprisonment, sordid details of their enforced stay inside the cave came to light. It soon was revealed the four survivors engaged in cannibalism by eating one explorer, which was Roger Whetmore, in order to survive their confinement, as they had brought along only scant food. ...
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