Editorial: Decency (Taking its objection off the table in hit and run accident)POSTED: 07/23/15 11:04 PM
The family of hit and run victim Ramesh Manek has asked the court permission to make a statement at the trial on October 7. The attorney for the defense has objected to the request – for now – because she fears that such a statement could have an adverse effect on the punishment that is looming for her client who has been charged with manslaughter and, if that does not hold up, with wrongful death.
The defense could still relent, but the objection in itself must already be a painful experience for Manek’s family. It is, in our opinion, extremely cold-hearted to be concerned about a punishment while the victim is deceased and the family is looking for closure.
Our resident Judge Maria Paulides made clear that she finds it important that the family gets the opportunity it has asked for. She rightfully acknowledged that such a statement is an important part of dealing with an irretrievable loss.
Taking its objection off the table is a matter of decency and in a civilized country like ours, the defense has no other option that doing just that.