The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Count of Monte Cristo

I've watched The Count of Monte Cristo various times. The entire plot revolves around a man falsely convicted of a crime, and sent off to prison. His beloved marries the man who helped plot against him, and he spends his time day dreaming of revenge. It's actually a pretty good movie. The innocent convict escapes, and runs his enemies through various sorts of retaliation.

However, I must say that Jason Landis is no Count of Monte Cristo. He's a convicted sex offender with multiple unconnected convictions to his name. It just happens that in one particular case, he was acquitted. But, make no mistake- his story is nothing like that of Edmond Dantes, otherwise known as the betrayed Count. Regardless of how much he wishes it was.

n May, Landis petitioned in Miami County Probate Court to legally change his name to Edmond Dantes, the lead character in “The Count of Monte Cristo,” who retaliates against people who helped wrongfully convict him of a crime.

Because of that story line, prosecutors opposed the name change in court. They also warned police, judges and others connected to Landis’ past cases to watch out for possible acts of revenge.

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