Since the beginning of the Hunt Club tragedy, I observed the Grosse Pointe community, injured and distraught, gather together with proverbial pitch forks and kerosene torches in hand, and demand that the legal system punish Stephen Fennell in the most horrific of ways.
Some readers suggested that Fennell actually be burned. Others demonstrated even more zeal and insisted that Fennell's lawyers (of which I am proud to say I was once one) be punished equally.
Candidly speaking, I recognize and understand that the loss of this landmark and the 19 horses has inflicted great pain on the citizens of this fine community, however these sympathies cannot cause the community to ignore the obvious: Fennell acted immaturely without the benefit of foresight: he did not think about his actions beforehand.
The continued reliance upon "logic" cannot overcome the obvious: Fennell was immature, got caught up in the moment and then got scared of the results.
Many in the Grosse Pointe community attempted to lambaste and denigrate me during the early parts of the case. The Grosse Pointe News even printed a fairly unflatteringly editorial cartoon (July 19, 2001) depicting Stephen and I at his arraignment. At that point in time, I attempted to see things from the community's perspective and refrained from further inflammatory public comment. I encourage the Grosse Pointe News to do the same Ñ look at from his perspective. Give the young man a break and chance at a future.