You're the governor of a state that's about to execute a murderer who also happens to be a brilliant surgeon. On the eve of the execution you receive a letter from an ill citizen who needs some expensive surgery that he can't afford, but that falls within the specialty of your condemned prisoner. The citizen says that the prisoner has agreed to perform the surgery for free before his execution, but that he'll need access to surgical facilities and a week or so to prepare. Do you postpone the execution and allow the surgery?

If you decide to postpone the execution, how do you deal with the unending stream of pleas for free surgery that follows the first? The condemned man is eager to stay alive, and is willing and able to continue performing surgeries. How do you deal with other prisoners on death row who don't have such highly-demanded skills but are willing to do any kind of work that will allow them to postpone their own executions? How do you deal with the families of the victims who become enraged by the postponement of justice?

If you decide to go ahead with the execution, do you help the letter-writing citizen or ignore him? If you help him, how do you deal with the flood of letters that follow? What do you say to dying people who might have lived if they had had access to the indentured surgeon?

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