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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Stirling is right - this kid didn't just "decide" to go bad. His whole life was probably a series of abusive relations, pain and isolation. We should worry less about making sure he meets some kind of special justice and start figuring out what makes people become this way. If we don't we'll have too many more just like him.
It may take a village to raise a child but it can also turn a child from a productive, happy member of society in to sociopathic predator. We're letting far too many kids fall through the cracks, remember that nobody is born a mass-murderer.
"Defense attorney Ian Friedman says Lane plans to appeal, and has asked the court to appoint him a lawyer for that process."
Defense attorney Ian Friedman said the decision to plead guilty was Lane's alone.
He has told his attorneys to avoid presenting any evidence on his behalf that could somehow lighten his sentence.
18-year-old TJ Lane has asked that his lawyers not speak for him at today's sentencing, which means he'll face a judge without legal assistance and without having to say a word, not even an apology to the victims' families.