Judge Jay Severin showing empathy?

“Clark Rockefeller” was convicted today of kidnapping his daughter. In a live interview with WTKK’s Michele McPhee, Jay repeatedly played “devil’s advocate” and wondered whether many sane men, if faced with the loss of a child, might attempt a similar abduction. Jay was careful not to say that he thought parental kidnapping could ever be justified, but his comments certainly left the impression that when considering a party’s guilt and/or sentencing, a judge or juror might reasonably ask what he or she would do under similar circumstances. Now if both the judge and the accused had been Latina women, and the judge had made the slightest utterance about how she could relate to or sympathize with the defendant, can you imagine the slamming that Jay would have unleashed?

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