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jury found. I am not here to take issue with that. I am here to say if you look at this case, I think the thing that you must find. Your Honor, with respect to Dennis Small is that the crime that he was convicted of involves a reckless disregard and not an intentional act on his part, and I suggest to you. Your Honor, that that is significant in what you do to Dennis Small, that here what we have is a man who on one hand believed and believed very deeply and the jury found him guilty and I would suggest that that indicates that perhaps he closed his eyes. He believed too deeply, and he was too committed to the things that he was doing.
But there are real things that this Court can look at and say that he was doing in those battles.
Now, if that caused him to close a blind eye, perhaps he needs to be punished and reminded that he should not become so committed to close a blind eye, but the question is, what is the appropriate punishment under those circumstances.
I would suggest to you then that's for you to decide, Your Honor, but I think clearly one of the things that you also ought to consider in this is the testimony of Mr. Curtis in Boston, the testimony I cross examined Mr. Curtis on, the testimony where Mr. Curtis said at the time that he was soliciting these loans, he was soliciting them in good faith in his view.