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Postby atticus » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:39 am

This looks like an interesting and thought-provoking read.

Speech by Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE:the nature of remorse and its significance in the criminal justice system
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Re: Remorse

Postby dls » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:54 am

A very thoughtful talk.

It reminds me of a defendant many years ago. He was upfor his umpteenth burglary. I had discussed with him the fact that I had already drawn on the very dregs of creativity in previous mitigations. I was late at court (ahem) and walked into court to hear counsel saying 'Mr G says that he was asked to find a reason why he should not be sent to prison. He tells me that he has sat in his cell for hour after hour trying to find one. He did not succeed. He can only say he is genuinely sorry"

Lo and behold - a bender.
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Re: Remorse

Postby Maz JP » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:07 pm

Thanks for that.

Interesting. Personally, I take the view that we can't assume remorse unless there is some evidence of it, and actions tend to speak a (whole lot) lot louder than words, which are rather easy and of course common-place.

In any given day, we will hear the word 'remorse' a lot : but it is not often evidenced.
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