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A courtroom apology

April 17, 2010

TAMPA — Last Labor Day, a 165-pound Great Dane mix named Brutus bounded into the path of a speeding Porsche and died. On the quiet streets of a Temple Terrace neighborhood, the dog’s owner caught up to the driver with a baseball bat.

The man with the bat went on trial Thursday, charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The man with the car wished it hadn’t come to this.

James Scism wanted more than anything to tell John George Kennedy that he didn’t mean to kill the dog. That he has his own dog at home. That he still cries when he thinks about what happened. And he understands why Kennedy was so angry.

But court rules require silence between victims and the accused


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