As a family law attorney who deals with the emotions of divorce, what occurred on Christmas Eve shakes me. I am fortunate. I have not had a client "snap," although to most of my kind I think that would more likely translate into suicide, rather than homicide.
So what happened? I read Pardo's attorney said that last week his client said Pardo was "happy" that the divorce was concluded and was looking forward to starting his life over. This is not atypical - many clients say that and mean that. Understand that we are trained as lawyers, not psychologists, so quite often when our clients are harboring deep-seated emotions, we simply don't know that. This is not to say that they do manifest themselves, and when I think a client is struggling, I know an extraordinary counselor to whom I refer them.
But Bruce Pardo was struggling lone before he married, it seems. How is it a man can be a dutiful usher at his church's evening Mass, yet turn his back and basically abandon his handicapped child, as we know learn? It also seems he lied on his work resume, claiming to have a Master's degree when none existed.
The more I read this story and facts unfold, the more I feel I have met his type before. I cannot reveal names, but even now, I think of both clients and opposing parties that resemble him. Narcissistic. Anti-social. Sociopath.
I struggle with sympathy for Bruce Pardo. The man shot a child point-blank in the face and his acts are inexcusable. I will give it time and offer up prayers for the victims tomorrow at Mass.