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According to Mill the principle of utility forbids lying even though it could lead to immediate pleasure as a result The short-term pleasure could lead to long-term pain He argues that no expedient effort to gain pleasure will end up producing a higher pleasure or utility However not all lies are expedient and result in long-term pain For example in the 1996 Barry Levinson film Sleepers Father Bobby played by Robert De Niro a respected Catholic priest in Hells Kitchen faces a moral dilemma when he is asked to commit perjury to save a long-time friend and protg Tommy from facing murder charges Tommy murdered his former sadistic guard from a juvenile detention center from years ago The guard repeatedly tortured Tommy and his three best friends for over a year The abuse ranged from verbal torment to sodomy Years later an emotionally scarred Tommy came in contact with the guard and murdered him on the spot for the ultimate revenge Tommy asked Father Bobby to be his witness in court providing an alibi that Tommy was at a basketball game with him at the time of the murder Father Bobby made the decision that friendship and loyalty can require sacrifices of the soul and that the guard due to his actions deserved to be killed Father Bobby took the stand and lied about Tommy and him being at the game while the murder took place Mill might argue that Father Bobbys dishonesty would contradict utilitarianism because it would cause pain to him as he broke the law and his responsibility as a priest Also it might cause pain to the guards loved ones However Father Bobby felt as though the demands of basic humanity take precedence over the oaths and the responsibilities of the Cloth therefore resulting in more pleasure for him and the ones he had been so close to for years On the other hand the guard had few friends if
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