Monday, February 27, 2006

"The Trouble With Law is Lawyers"

Caught this in a St. Paul Pioneer Press story last week: (you may need to register)

A Wisconsin man pleaded no contest Monday to killing his girlfriend's son after becoming angry when the boy wet his pants.

Kevin Rood, 42, of Hammond pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide and could face up to 25 years in prison, defense attorney Aaron Nelson said.

Rood was originally charged with first-degree reckless homicide and three child abuse offenses in the death of 8-year-old Stephen Hubbard, who died from injuries Dec. 20, 2004, after Rood pushed the boy into a doorframe. Those charges could have carried a 60-year sentence...

"Kevin's always been very concerned about what happened, and he's always been very remorseful about what's happened," Nelson said. "I think Kevin was the best thing that happened to that kid. (He) obviously felt he should take some responsibility for it."

Yeah - Kevin was the best thing to happen to the kid - until he killed him. If I'm putting together a list of "best things that have happened to me," the guy that kills me probably doesn't show up (unless he kills me while I'm watching "Sex in the City," in which case he's doing me a favor.) In fact, people who have not killed me have a distinct advantage in making the list. But a warning for those sucking up - it's going to be hard to leapfrog Peanut Butter Cups, Keira Knightley, and my snowblower.

This goes to show that you can literally say anything these days. He should take some responsibility for it? You think? Was the kid partially responsible for throwing himself into a door frame? Was the door frame maker liable for making particularly dangerous molding?

If an attorney general candidate wants my vote, here's all they have to do: Set up a fund whereby people can contribute money - then all that money goes to the family of the first inmate that makes Kevin Rood of Hammond limp for the rest of his life.