Sincere remorse is usually about the personal benefit one gains from giving voice, usually internally, to one's expression of it. However, in the justice system, I'm sorry to say, it's rather about what the remorse accomplishes strategically.
In the NY pension fund scandal, we are at risk of seeing the principle of "equal justice for all" being savaged as people who engaged in really bad behavior seem to be getting off with remarkably lenient sentences.
Last week I met and interviewed the individual who could be New York's future, and his name is Harry Wilson. If any one individual is capable of engineering New York State's government back to fiscal sanity, he will be the one to do so.
Alan Hevesi is guilty of much of what he has been accused of, even though it is unclear just what crimes, if any, he has admitted. However, the timing of the proposed plea bargain is less than perfect.
It's hard to believe anyone with leadership and public spirit would be willing to hang around Albany. Cynicism and despair aren't going to get us anywhere, but there are days when you find it hard to feel anything else.
The leadership stalemate of 1965 occurred at the start of the session, when bill expiration deadlines weren't looming. Pedro Espada's defection (facilitated by Hiram Monserrate) flushed months of hard-fought negotiations and legislative footwork down the toilet.