A guy in prison for murdering an elderly woman 20 years ago says that the abuse he suffered at the hands of pedophile-priest John Geoghan was indirectly responsible for the crime. No buddy, you’re directly responsible. Being sexually abused by someone else is not a license for you to suspend the moral law or to pass on the blame. The Parole Board denied his request for a public hearing to start the commutation process. Despite his lawyer’s claim that he has become a better man in prison, the board correctly recalls the savagery of the murder as he beat the 80-year-old woman to death while she screamed for mercy.
Better behavior later in life doesn’t excuse the crime. Some crimes demand life in prison no matter how nice of a person you become later. Besides, his attempt to blame someone else for his own actions is evidence that he hasn’t truly reformed or taken responsibility for what he did.