Honor Among Thieves – Part Three

Part III of Honor Among Thieves, a short story contemplating the idea those who disobey the law are sometimes more honorable than those who follow them.

Part III:

 
Todd rose from his seat, pulling a folded piece of paper out of his pocket. “I understand your honor and thank you for the opportunity to speak.”
 
Upon saying this, Todd unfolded the piece of paper and laid it down on the table in front of him. With a quick cough, he cleared his throat, in preparation to begin speaking. His attorney handed him a glass of cold water, which he proceeded to drink halfway down in one giant gulp. He summoned the resolve from a deep, mud-infested part of his inner soul.
 
“I stand before you a broken man. A man in my place is in no position to determine what is right and wrong, in the eyes of the law. I can only tell you that I am an innocent man. I leave it to you, the jury, to make the decision that you deem appropriate. I only hope you consider carefully. I have a son and a wife who need me. I will, however, respect the decision of this court and serve my sentence with grace. To my family,” Todd said, with an outburst of tears, while glancing behind him at his wife and son, “I am truly sorry for putting you in this position.”
 
Upon saying this, Todd reached back towards his son with outstretched hands. The judge instantly slammed the gavel down on the small wooden block in front of him. “Order!!” he exclaimed, “Bailiff, please separate the man from his family. Court is adjourned. We will recess for one hour, so the jury may render its decision.”
 
 

To be continued…

 

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