Remembering a tragic loss [Letter]

July 08, 2014

Senseless and tragic. Alan Trimakas was a brilliant, compassionate medical student ("In the light of judicial scrutiny, a dark memory," July 5). He would have been a great physician. When we had him while doing his psychiatry rotation as a junior medical student at the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins University, we could see he had a very bright future.

Problem was that he simply was trying to save some money by parking a distance from Hopkins and was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He paid dearly. Now, it seems we consider those who perpetrate these horrific acts — those who take away from us, never return any favors, just rob us of the best of the best — to be the real victims. This makes sense?

As usual, Dan Rodricks presents his story well, always with a tinge of rooting for the offender and the existential questions that arise. The "Unger ruling" is just another way of eroding the rules of law. It continues to blow a hole through "reasonable doubt" despite it being unreasonable.

Stuart Tiegel, Baltimore

The writer is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University.

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