Friday, January 7, 2011

Trials and Tribulations of Alfredo Simon

The Alfredo Simon case keeps more bizarre.  Now, it appears Simon may’ve tried to bribe Castillo’s family.  (Note:  The link is in Spanish.  Nick Collais of MLB Trade Rumors translated it for Hardball Talk.) 

“We’ve come so that justice will be done, because we understand that people are in support of him being released, and we want justice. He has offered money, but money doesn’t pay for the death of my son. My son’s death is non-negotiable.”

Between this story and the one yesterday about him swapping gun barrels between the time of the shooting and his surrender to authorities, Simon’s defense case looks to be paper thin.  There’s still a lot of police work still to be done, but it really all comes down to the official ballistics test report. 

It’s important to remember that there are two sides to every story. Obviously, Castillo’s mother is carrying an intense amount of grief as a result of the death of her son.  Occasionally, in extreme circumstances such as this, a person will make a desperate maneuver in hopes of bringing a suspect to justice.  More than anything, Castillo’s mother wants someone to be held accountable for her son’s death.  While she would likely prefer the guilty party to be brought to justice, the suspect’s guilt is immaterial.  Her motivation is to end her suffering as quickly as possible, so that she can begin the healing process.  The only way she can begin to recover is by “knowing” her son’s killer has been sent to jail.  Knowing this, we need to be cognizant of the possibility that she’s making the whole bribe story up in order to not only strengthen the case against Simon,  I certainly hope that’s not the case, but we still need to be leery nonetheless.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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