Just a random moral hypothetical thread, do you believe it is better to let a guilty man go free or to punish an innocent person? Punishing an innocent person immediately jumps out at me as the worst scenario, however what about in cases of serial killers? Letting a serial killer go free may mean that many more people would die? Despite the severity of crime, I still feel that it would be better to let a guilty man go free than to punish someone for a crime they didn't commit; but perhaps this is too vague a question so I will make it more specific. Is it better to let a serial killer go free or to punish an innocent person for the crimes of a serial killer? I think that the innocent person being punished for murders he did not commit would be worse than a serial killer escaping the system. Where do you stand?