Candidate found guilty of faking disappearance

I caught this story this morning on Good Morning America as I was spinning and waiting to go to work.  If you don’t want to wade through the whole article, the overview is that Gary Dodds, a former congressional candidate in NH, was found guilty of faking his disappearance to gain attention for his languishing campaign.

I watched the interview Diane Sawyer conducted with Gary Dodds and his attorney.  to be honest, he was a fairly believable character and I was tempted to believe that they had been too harsh with him, and possibly even gotten it all wrong.

He faces up to 7 years in jail for this offense.  Which, if it is true, is a huge offense if you ask me.   All the heartache of his family and loved ones, all the emergency workers called out working long hours and overtime on someones dime.  I am sure there are many more reasons this, if it is true, would be considered a terrible offense in addition to the fact that it is a lie.  I don’t think “up to” 7 years is unreasonable.

But as I said, he was believable, and I started to feel sorry for him.

Until Diane Sawyer asks him if there is anything he would like to say in conclusion.

He says “May God have mercy on their souls.”

Well, now he has lost all credibility in my book.  It isn’t like he has been tried and convicted with a death penalty.  If he is innocent, in probably much less than 7 years he will be back to his family.  Yes, it would be terrible if he wasn’t guilty and they found him so.  But did it warrant such a strong statement such as “May God have mercy on their souls?”  No, to me these are very strong words.  Too strong of words for this situation.  Smacks of melodrama if you ask me.

Any thoughts?