roboticanary Posted September 4, 2021 Share Posted September 4, 2021 OK, warning, this is going to involve politics, specifically the storming of the US Capitol. But I need a rant. So our friendly shaman ends up in court and pleads guilty. So now his lawyer has to fight in the hope that at the end of it the courts give him a lenient sentance (I don't hold this against him, its his job and I understand society is better when bad people are able to be defended in court) The way this fight goes, the defense lawyer basically tells a load of sob stories to push the poor sod making the decision towards leniency, focusing on how their client is actually really nice and good and just got caught up in the chaos or whatever. There is probably a fancy legal term for this. (OK, editing my rant now I'm less mad, this was too harsh. There are genuinely good reasons to push for lenient sentances and lawyers like this try to curb the demand for revenge and get some justice that actually makes things better) Chansley's lawyer gets asked about how this man got into this whole mess and we get this Spoiler fuck this, fuck this in every possible way. If first love is not unlike the thought process that this guy has that started his journey to storm the capitol then first love should lose its moral high ground. I wish romance wasn't so often seen as an innate moral good, which it is here, the comparison to romance is supposed to incite my sympathy. Apparently he believes the way to appeal to the court (and the journalists in attendance) is to appeal to a feeling of youthful romance and that just pisses me off. Its probably the most high profile reminder i have seen that that appeal to romance is useful and I can't express that. This is supposed to be something that everyone both understands and is sympathetic to, you wouldn't get mad at someone for feeling fondness towards their first love. Thankfully he does also at least point to mental health and abusive family as less stupid reasons to be sympathetic I guess, but I still feel that I am in some way broken because the idea of a first romance doesn't make me feel any understanding to this guy. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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