An issue which frequently arises at a criminal sentencing hearing is whether or not the defendant has shown "remorse." It has been our experience that most individuals charged with an offense are, in fact, remorseful. If a person elects to require the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at a trial, however, the State often argues the defendant has failed to exhibit the appropriate level of remorse. It then uses the defendant's exercise of the constitutional right to trial as a way to impose a greater sentence if the defendant is convicted.
This weekend, members of the firm participated in a Powa service in the memory of Gary Alvord, their client who died of natural causes, after spending almost forty years on Florida's death row. The firm would like to thank members of the Meitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center for their love and compassion in helping transition Gary's spirit to a place of peace.