Friday, September 3, 2010
A criminal with a long record of transgressions was on trial for his latest crime. The jury found him guilty on thirty-three counts and the judge sentenced him to 189 years. Realizing that even with time off for good behavior he would be over one hundred when he was released, the prisoner burst into tears. Noting this display of remorse, the judge reconsidered. He said, "I didn't mean to be so severe. Thinking it over, I can see that I've imposed an extremely harsh sentence. So you don't have to serve the whole time." The prisoner beamed with new found hope, until the judge leaned toward him and said, 'Just do as much as you can."