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The inmate I had sent to prison several years earlier stood before the bench. His face reflected his apprehension. His lawyer was by his side.

They were in court for a “petition to modify sentence” hearing. This means the inmate was asking to be let out of prison early. I don’t often grant such modifications.

First, the inmate testified. Then, his lawyer submitted documentation of the things he had told me. Next, the inmate’s wife testified. Finally, the lawyer summed up the reasons she thought her client should have some of his sentence reduced to probation. Among other things she pointed out that:

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