I saw this on another forum.
A lot of lawyers try to get their (younger) clients off with the excuse "They had a rough childhood."
Which gets me thinking... what exactly is a "bad childhood?" Is one definitively worse than another? How would you go about judging if this person's childhood was crappy enough? Is living in the past okay enough to get someone's charges dropped? Or do we need to focus on what they did in the present?
And more importantly, as far as right and wrong, how much is nurture VS how much is nature?
Surely anyone who's gone to school knows that hitting or killing someone is wrong... but how many of these kids were introduced to consequences?
Personally, my childhood was pretty rough (parental drug abuse, domestic abuse, etc). But I still know right from wrong and I like to think I turned out pretty okay.