Image Credit: U.S. Navy
Wikipedia tells the word mercy originated from Latin, "price paid, wages". The definition I prefer is, "undeserved favor."
Hillsborough judge orders former Marine to treatment, probation, in fatal 2010 DUI is a mighty story of mercy.
Former Marine Captain Scott Sciple had not been properly diagnosed of traumatic brain injury of a rocket injury in Iraq. Through a sequence of events, he was assigned a desk job at a military base and one night with 3x blood-alcohol level, drove the wrong direction on an interstate. He crashed into a couple who had just returned from helping a friend whose car had failed. Pedro Rivera was killed and his wife, Carmen, was severely injured. Originally she had pressed for a prison sentence as justice for her dead husband.
In court on Thursday, she had a change of heart. With assistance from a Spanish translator, she decided the pain should end - that she should not inflict additional pain through justice. After telling the State Attorney that she preferred medical treatment to a prison sentence, the judge sentenced Sciple to Poplar Springs Psychiatric Hospital and after release, two years of community control and twelve years of probation.
The Tampa Bay Times article shows a photograph after the sentencing with Sciple's mother placing her son's crucifix necklace on Carmen Rodriguez.
Mmm. Although I never want to be in a situation like Carmen Rodriquez, I pray that I too, will offer mercy instead of justice. Well done, Carmen!