The "I Have A Disease" Defense
In court yesterday, I asked my colleague Marlene DiGiacomo why all these recent embezzlers -- n Ridley, Lansdowne, Chester Township, etc. -- seem to be women.
"They're underpaid," Marlene smiled.
Nothing funny about Ackley's sentence, though. She got 4 to 20 years.
I wonder if she and her lawyer had focused less on her "gambling addiction" and more on her apology and taking personal responsibilty for her thievery, the judge might have been more impressed and considered a slightly lesser sentence.
Probably not. But at least she could have gone to the slammer with a little more dignity.