Over the years, convicted murders (or their lawyers) tried to ease up the jury by stating the defendant's childhood. Saying that their troubled upbringing made them the killers they became. Whether or not it's so, is that an excuse? Shouldn't we focus on the here and now of what they did...not their past?
I had a rough upbringing and I believe that it was relevant in some of the unruly behaviors I partaken in. I never had thoughts of killing anybody, but I started drinking, using drugs, getting hooked, committed a robbery, sold drugs, forged checks, shop lifted, then cleaned up and saw the ways that I've traveled. I decided that wasn't for me and now I truly believe that I'm rehabilitated. Now, just to get the business end of the world to believe that I am. I just might be able to get a good job..