I commend the court in referring this case out to mediation. I cannot imagine being in either the defendant’s or the family’s position. However, mediation can be such a fruitful process in bringing about true contrition, forgiveness and peace. It is allowing people in pain to interact in a way that will have a lasting effect on everyone. The court has ordered three mediation sessions in a period of 31 days and the court will render a verdict if no agreement is reached. I do think the timetable is too quick however the fact that the court can do this pursuant to law is extremely progressive. It blends right in there with the Restorative Justice movement in our own country which encompasses victim/offender mediations. I will definitely look for the follow up to see what happens.