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Being Held Accountable

March 04, 2001

* Re "Mannes Gets 6-Month Jail Sentence," Feb. 27.

Diane Mannes' defense attorney, Jay Leiderman, informs us that his client "regrets any pain she has caused" and "looks forward to getting treatment for her alcohol problem, putting this chapter behind her and moving on with her life."

This is supposed to make us feel better?

Is anyone as offended by Leiderman's statement as I am?

He apparently believes that people can avoid being held accountable for their criminal actions merely by expressing that they wish to put them in their past and "move on" with their lives.

It doesn't work that way. When you make a mistake in life, you're held accountable, you don't just get to "move on."



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