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To: J. Neil Schulman
Well, it's a sad commentary on human nature, but I once sat on a jury where the accused, a street punk, thought it was a good strategy to give the jury "Attitude" looks. After an hour, the jury lost patience, and began giving the looks back.

And so terrifying were the looks of the average citizens, homemakers, grandmothers, Joe Sixpacks, that the Accused panicked and plead "Guilty".

Little Blue-Haired old ladies wanted to take him out and string him up from the nearest lampost.

Maybe if Richardson had adopted a more humble or contrite attitude, things would have gone differently. Nobody wins anything by having the knack of making people hate them, and a trial is a particularly wrong place to do that.

55 posted on 11/30/2004 10:59:28 AM PST by Gorzaloon (This tagline intentionally left blank.)
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To: Gorzaloon

"Maybe if Richardson..."

This is what gets to me about people who support knee-jerk, situational ethics when applied to people you "feel" are guilty or even not guilty, for that matter.

You can't get past your emotions long enough to even get the guy's name straight but you think you know enough to send the guy to the death chamber.

And the poor bastard was tried by twelve people just like you.


126 posted on 11/30/2004 12:09:23 PM PST by PeterFinn ("Tolerance" means WE have to tolerate THEM, they can hate us all they want.)
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