A sense of relief came over Todd. In the moment after he was addressed by the judge, he knew that the trial was finally over. The most he could do at this point was reach out and beg forgiveness from not just his family, but from the public. The ordeal of the last several weeks had been enough to make him question the very foundation of his life. The moment he decided to take the fall, for what he considered to be a victimless crime, everything changed.
“Your honor,” spoke Todd’s attorney, in a voice much more capable of pleasantly filling the air of the courthouse, “my client has prepared a statement that he would like to read aloud to the court. Will this be acceptable?”
“Do you have any objections?” came the judge’s voice, while he glared down at the prosecutor, with a pitch in his voice that caused the small rodents scurrying in the walls to run and hide.
“No, your honor,” said the prosecutor, who was a stern man who dedicated his life to bringing justice to those who disobeyed the laws. “The defendant may speak freely.”
“Very well, then,” crackled the judge. “Todd, please proceed with your statement. Keep in mind that the jury has not yet given their verdict and you are still under oath at this point.”
To be continued…