John Taurek argued that when deciding what to do in such a situation, you should flip a coin, thereby giving each of A, B and C a 50 percent chance of survival (Taurek 1977: 303).
EGC is a principle that is at least partly about how one should decide what to do in the end: flip a coin. It is also a principle about what to do in the end: whatever the coin says to do.
If Batman were to flip a coin to decide whether to save the larger or the smaller group, he would diminish each person's chance of survival to one-half.
If Batman is to follow EGC, at 1:00 he must flip a coin to decide which box to check, since that gives each hostage an equal greatest chance of survival.
If Lawlor is right, then in a version of the Batman case in which there are 2,000,001 people involved, to be divided into a group of 1,000,000 and a group of 1,000,001, Batman should, at noon, choose to save the larger group, and at 1:00, flip a coin. And this cannot be right.
Givens' lawyer, Mr Mark Chandler, said it was "scary" to think that 12 people would decide to flip a coin
to reach a verdict, especially in a murder case.