Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Not your usual letter of apology.

It's fairly common for a defendant to be required to write a letter of apology to the victim of a crime. Usually, this is done as a part of probation, and that department vets the letter to make sure it's heart-felt (or at least vaguely sincere).

I've actually read a few very moving letters of apology and, believe it or not, they can mean a lot to the victim.

Still, a good thing they are vetted before being passed on, you know, in case some jackass burglar writes things like:

"Basically it was your fault anyway" ... "your dumb" ... "your thick enough to leave your downstairs kitchen window open" ... "I don't feel sorry for you" etc etc.

Charming young lad, I'm sure. Read his letter of "apology" yourself.


  1. Well that guy was just not too bright at all. I always try to get my clients to let me review their apology letter, just to be sure. It usually is more of an issue with spelling and/or punctuation than being sincere.

    But I am glad to know that I am not the only one with clients who don't think before they speak.

  2. This is another of those silly situations in which someone falsely convicted can be punished again for his honesty.

    Of course, in our legal system, you can be richly rewarded by faking sincerity.


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