SORRY – YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS…

SORRY – YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS…

I have recently speculated in conversation that the signature of the Nina Reiser killing (assuming here for argument’s sake that the husband did it) is more like a sudden quarrel, impulse murder/manslaughter, followed by an “On sh..!” series of quickly executed cover-up actions, than some long thought out sinister plot on the killer’s part. A number of comments, sympathetic to Hans have surfaced recently (one of which is appended to my last post by “Christopher”).

Here’s the deal: Christopher’s second comment exposes the hidden “tragedy’ in this case (for those who care about “perfect” justice). If you falsely claim that a killing didn’t happen or that you didn’t do it, then – in the real world – you can’t expect any measure of mitigation due to “provocation” and so on. Defendants can’t have to both ways. Trust me, I’ve been there with a defendant many, many times….

JBG

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