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contribute something, not all by himself but somehow contribute something to better his fellow man in some way or other. He is a decent person. He is a very moral person. He is not just recently moral. This has again been all his life. It's not an all-of-a-sudden conversion or anything like that. It's not that he preaches his morality to others. He in a way lives his own life in his'own moral fashion.
It is just a quiet, self-effacing, unassuming way. I don't think that he is at all, and I would certainly hope that the probation officer kind of got this across to you that he is not the person that Tate and Curtis might have described to you from the witness stand. For whatever reasons they had, they just laid back and any chance they got, they took it to hit him right between the eyes. That's just not him. He has got a strong moral sense, and it"s not in him to set out deliberately to lie or to cheat or to steal. Everything he has ever done in his life again, it's just the opposite, and he believes in what he has been doing for the last 15 or 20 years, and his objectives and the rightness of them.
Now, I am familiar with the sentencing standards of this Court. I think that realistically, I have to recognize that what Mr. Wertz is convicted of here calls for incarceration. I know that. He knows that. I think that's all, though, in this case that it calls for is the offense, the

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