Lance Mason downfall shows second chances should be reserved for the worthy (editorial)

Lance Mason downfall shows second chances should be reserved for the worthy (editorial)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A lot of tough questions are swirling in the wake of the murder of Aisha Fraser. as former judge Lance Mason prepares to face charges in the stabbing.

Lance Mason downfall shows second chances should be reserved for the worthy (editorial)

It’s his past that has Cleveland’s Mayor Frank Jackson and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge facing some criticism.

Mason was charged with eight different crimes back in 2014, when he hit and bit Fraser, slamming her head against the window and the dashboard of a car in front of their two children.

After pleading out to lesser charges, he served nine months in prison then looked for a job in Cleveland government.

He was supported by Fudge, and he was hired by Jackson.

Now, I realize the only hope to rehabilitate criminals is to let them have jobs; let them rebuild their lives. and it’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback now that Fraser is dead and Mason is once again behind bars.

But, it’s also very concerning that Mason’s attitude apparently wasn’t exactly repentant.

In 2017, the Board of Professional Conduct of the State Supreme Court recommended disbarment for Mason, pointing out his “dubious explanation for his behavior,” his “less-than-heartfelt engagement in the redemptive process” and – most ominously – “failure to provide assurances that the behavior will not occur again.”

it could be months before we know exactly what happened, and it wasn’t a job that killed Aisha Fraser, it was a garden tool.

But in our haste to give people a second chance, we should probably all be careful we are giving those chances to people who deserve them; people who are at least willing to say it will never happen again.

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