On Jan. 25, I attended the sentencing of Karen Lofgren (TNT, 1-26).
I went into the courtroom expecting that the judge, Katherine Stolz, would be careful, compassionate and fair as she weighed all the evidence before her. I believed that she would consider all sides and order a sentence that balanced our society’s goals of punishment and restoration.
Instead I experienced the reality that some judges seem to value punishment and condemnation over everything else.
Lofgren’s deep remorse, her spotless record, her contributions to her community and the strong community support for rehabilitation and restoration were ignored. She was …