Brother Bear Art Thou
Curtain up. A tearful and at times quivering young woman just out of her teens with no criminal history is in front of a Las Vegas court after her minor participation in a robbery gone awry resulted in the death of one of the victims. Having plead guilty to the lesser offense of accessory, she has a long-shot chance for probation, but likely will serve prison time.
The family members of the deceased are seated in the courtroom, waiting for their turn to speak. Some wear T-shirts with a picture of the dead and words that might have been “never forgotten.” They all share a defiance of sorts in their voice and a plan for finding strength; they will not be labeled a victim.
At least they won’t be labelled figuratively. Literally they are all wearing large stickers featuring bold blue print on a white background that reads “VICTIM SPEAKER.” One by one, the VICTIM SPEAKERS file up to the podium and tell their stories of the young man who died.
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