Graham and I spent about two hours in court today. We had been notified by the Victims’ Division of the Assistant District Attorney’s Office that the sentencing hearing for one of the guys involved in the rental scam would be at 10:00. Well, it was the LAST of six sentencing hearings scheduled for 10:00 so it gave us time to reflect on the pathways people take in life.
- If you drink to get drunk or do drugs, expect to get into trouble.
- If you don’t get at least a high school education, expect to get into trouble.
- If you think the world is your playground and all of the rest of us are suckers, you will get in trouble.
It may take time, but your day will come.
And no, I didn’t believe the guy in our case who said he had unknowingly gotten caught up in the sleazy action. By the time he opted to deposit the second check from another person, let alone the third one, that was for the same rental house he should have been wondering about the ethics of the situation.
He did admit he knew there was not enough money in the account when he went to pay for not one, not two, not three, but four used cars.
The judge, on this case as on the other ones, was fairly lenient. He is balancing the cost to us taxpayers for long term incarceration. He did mandate community service for all as well as other things.