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Manís lack of concern for others is disturbing

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2013

Ed Close

I try to stay completely emotionally and personally uninvolved in the cases I see in court. After all, thatís my job. I have to stay detached from these cases, even when I see family members of defendants or victims in court emotionally distressed by the procedures occurring at the time.

Recently, I wrote a column about an unnamed court case that bothered me, because it cost the taxpayers so much money, much more in fact than the person who lost the case. I donít usually do that, but occasionally there is a case that simply must be discussed because of the magnitude of one facet of the case or another.

Today, I saw one of those cases. In this particular case, there is a man who shows absolutely no remorse whatsoever for the costs to the public, his family or society in general for the alleged crimes he has been charged with committing. This individual does, however, want leniency from the court and pity from anyone who will listen to his tale of woe.

The person in question has a long history of drug-related crimes and violent behavior that has wrought damage to every single person he encounters, from his family all the way up through law enforcement officials clear to the bench of whichever judge he appears before.

This person speaks and every single thing he says is about himself, and his lack of opportunity, and how events in his life have caused him to behave the way he does. There is not one ounce of regret shown for the condition of his family, the costs to society or the damage done to others by his activities. Iím sorry, but no leniency should be extended to him. It is seldom I ever say such things, but I find this person morally offensive to my very person.

I find myself wanting to tell such individuals to show one sign of real, true remorse for the damage they have done, but they are so self-centered and selfish it never occurs to them to be concerned for anyone else. I find this all-encompassing selfishness disgusting and reprehensible. I wish there were a way to reach such people so they see, for once, the costs of their actions, but I believe that is something, in this case, that will never happen.

Before my days covering the courts, I felt almost anything was possible if one tried hard enough to achieve it. But I have found there are some things in the world that are impossible.

It saddens me to come to such a realization.

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