Sunday, November 27, 2005

Crime and Punishment...or not.

Something caught my eye as I read the headlines today: this story, about a cyclist who was hit by a teenager who was text-messaging. The thing that really got me was this:

The driver could face a charge of careless driving resulting in death, Stanton said. Under Colorado law, the teen could face up to a year in prison.

Call me crazy, but a year seems awfully light for killing someone. Even more amazing was the response of the victim's wife, who said:

"I feel sorry for the teenager. It was a stupid mistake," she told the Rocky Mountain News.

I was quite humbled, realizing my compassion might not extend so far, the commandment of God to forgive those who trespass against us notwithstanding...

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