posted on Sep, 27 2007 @ 03:54 AM
Keeping in mind that the scenario is a "survival" situation, this is a very plausible question.
As previously mentioned, I think it best to try to organize a court. There would be a judge and jury. The accused would state his case and the
survival group would state their case. The jury would make the ultimate decision.
Summary execution is serious business but so is survival. In a survival situation, it is difficult or even impossible to imprison someone or to
assign someone to guard an unreliable person 24/7. You are taking away a valuable asset of the group -- someone who could be actively working for the
viability of the entire group through hunting, construction etc.
I think that providing the accused member of the group with a trial would be the very best way of dealing with situations where you have a rogue
member -- someone who commits a capital crime against the entire group. In a survival situation, working together is often the only advantage that
one has for survival and no group can afford to have a counter element within that group.
An alternative to summary execution, however, could be banishment. Throw the rogue out of the survival group.