“‘Remorse’ for Crime: Must It Be Sincere?”
Oftentimes in our personal lives, we believe that we’ve done nothing wrong that warrants remorse, despite some opinions to the contrary. Sometimes, we actually come to believe that to express remorse would simply be insincere, and therefore we decline to express it.
Nevertheless, when it comes to dealing with the criminal justice system, a defendant may well be wise to be more forthcoming even if, deep in his heart, to do so would suggest to him that he is undermining his core value of truth.
In recent cases discussed in my attached post on Huff-Post, one sees how a failure to express remorse has seemingly led two separate parole candidates to be denied parole. Would they have been better served had they more ably exhibited remorse, even if they believed to have done so would have been “false”? And where does the lawyer fit in all of this?