Thursday, October 13, 2011

Remorse As a Defense

Speaking of oil spills...

The owners of a crippled container ship that ran aground off New Zealand have apologised for the country's worst pollution crisis as a salvage crew made a daring landing on the vessel.

The Liberian-flagged Rena's owner, Costamare Shipping Company of Greece, said on Thursday it was "deeply sorry" for the disaster.


Reminds me of a lawsuit story told to me by a partner in a firm for which I worked in San Franciso. It seems that a garage employee took a patron’s Mercedes for a drive to do some personal business or maybe just to impress some friends. At any rate, said employee had a wreck in the patron’s car. And not only that, but he hit a pedestrian. His lawyer’s opening statement to the judge was, “Your Honor, my client is very, very sorry.”

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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