Our Third Selectman (okay, whatever they call that position now) has applied for AR for his recent arrest for shoplifting. Cases like his are exactly what AR was designed for: people who screw up and are unlikely to do so again are diverted from the criminal justice process for a year and, if they keep their nose clean, do community service, or whatever the judge orders, their arrest record is erased and they can continue with their lives. And it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: there are no second servings.
I have absolutely no sympathy for Marzullo's politics, and his stance on gun confiscation is particularly galling, but that doesn't mean I can't feel for him as a person, and wish him well. His actions that day don't seem to be part of a pattern of behavior, like those of a certain Hollywood predator, for instance, but rather some sort of weird, out of character acting-out. I don't know what's going on with his life right now, but I hope it works out. God bless, Drew.