Compassionate rulings make judge with soft spot for veterans an internet sensation
A Vietnam veteran with white hair and a bushy gray mustache recently stood before a Rhode Island judge and answered to a parking ticket.
“I want to plead guilty with an explanation, sir,” he said in a thick New England accent.
Judge Frank Caprio, 82, listened patiently as the man read a prepared statement about the difficult parking situation near Providence’s Veterans Affairs hospital. He said there’s nowhere to park, and he and other vets had for years left their cars on a nearby street with no problems, figuring police were giving them a break.
After learning that the man served in the Army and spent a year in Vietnam, Caprio explained the delicate balancing act judges face between enforcing the law and showing compassion for veterans who get $100 parking tickets while trying to get medical care.
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