State: Rehab will not dissuade prosec...

State: Rehab will not dissuade prosecution

There are 25 comments on the Lewisburg Daily Journal story from Aug 3, 2007, titled State: Rehab will not dissuade prosecution. In it, Lewisburg Daily Journal reports that:

“The fact that Ginsburg has been through rehab will not deter us from making a connection between his dealing and the death of Miss Pacenta.”

According to a press release out of an Oklahoma drug rehabilitation center, Michael J. Ginsburg is successfully involved in treatment, and in fact performing and teaching violin. via Lewisburg Daily Journal

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Scranton, PA

#24 Jul 6, 2010
There should be NO emphathy for Michael. He is the one who introduced Lauren and friends to the drugs, which eventually killed her. Yes, she was not forced to take them.. but she was only a CHILD. A mere 17 years old, everyone makes mistakes. Michael was and is a grown man... He deserves the worst that the justice system can do. Our thoughts and prayers are still with Lauren's family. God Bless.

Deerfield Beach, FL

#25 Aug 3, 2010
Looks like Michael Ginsburg is out on parole? Hide your children. 2 and a half years doesn't seem like a fair and equal punishment for taking the rest of Ms. Pacenta's life, don't you think?
Lewisburg Graduate

United States

#26 Oct 17, 2010
Lauren was a grade or so above me. She was always smiling in school and had many friends who truly were shook by her death. Drugs or not, shes no longer here. Death is not punishment for drug using, nor is 2 and a half years for dealing and initionally causing her death. Yes Laurens friends werent charged but knowing you helped your best friends death couldnt be good on your conceince either. My school grew dark for a month after the death. Teachers cried in class. You dont know the impact you have on the world til youre gone. Laurens was big, coming from a mere passerby in the high school hallways. So we should remember her for this impact, her beauty, and her unfortunate short life. And not whether her dealer got an appropiate sentence.

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Pacenta and the loved ones of Lauren.

Since: Oct 12

Springfield, NJ

#27 Oct 2, 2012
This may come to shock some people, but I was Michael's girlfriend for 4 years. First let me say to the victim's mother, I am SO sorry for the hell I feel, realizing ur little girl is no longer there. I have some become a mother (a little girl- 2) and I can't even imagine. I had a dream of Michael last night which is why I may be a lite late on the forum... We played violin together, we partied together, we travelled together. There are no points to be argued. Michael is one of the most special people I've had the priveledge of knowing... Intellegent and talented, ALWAYS there to make everyone around him laugh... But Michael has deep issues... It may sound weird but studies have shown that people (especially affiliated w the arts or high levels of intellegence) lack certain functions bc the 'creative' part is In overload... We were engaged (unbeknownst to his parents- they didn't even know we were together the last 1.5 years in Louisianna bc try hater me bc I always tried To 'mother' him...). We went through hurricane Katrina together, and two weeks later I told him TI choose drugs or me... We can guess what happens next. He leaves me stranded in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, just TWO weeks fter we lost out house in the hurricane and I get only 1 phone call from him since, telling me he's gotten into some trouble and can't talk too much. Just checking up to see how I was (got full time job AMD enrolled I. School w/I the first month being back in PA). My point is, Michael lacks a certain part of human emotion... It is not his fault and it was hard for me to deal w for 4 years, bc I 'feel' too mch at times. Every post I read is solely based on "drug addiction," "evilness" but it's NOT that black and white... I've done drugs w him. He was a DJ, as well as a violinist like me, and yes, it is hard to overcome although I have done it, first of all, not everyone is capable. 2nd, you must factor in certain diagnoses (he AMD I were 'dual-dx') but also, a HUGE factor is the parents. No, I'm not going to begin to chastise Dr and Mrs. Ginsburg, for they only wanted what was best for their son. Bit there does come a time in which parents make the mistake (of the funds are available) where they become enablers, not even knowing why they're doing, and they have a hard time realizing that their "helping" is causing more destruction And me as a parent, to Lauren's parents and to ALL parents who read this, we only want what's best for out children. There's no rule book on being a parent. Although at times. It would be nice! And unfortunately, as circumstances show, good intentions pave the way to hell. Sry for the cliché but it's true. Michael was raised (upon conversations of years) to be a performing circus monkey. He thought the only value he had was to give people what they wanted and be who he thought they wanted him to be... A violinist, a DJ, a drug-dealer... A people-pleaser, indeed. Mix that w drug addiction and mental sickness and a spiritual defect, u get the more than Unfortunate circumstances leading to what had happened. I have NEVER even seen him angry in 4 years and have only seen him cry TWICE He wouldn't even tell me what had happened when I spoke to him that one time. He just wanted to apologize for
Leaving me stranded AMD make sure I was ok. I always was trying to miter him bc... Well, obviously he needed it. If anyone reads this post anymore, I hope I've shed some light. It's so unfortunate from every angle. I wish I would have spoke out sooner. And to Lauren's mother... I am SO very sorry for ur loss. We DO make our own decisions and she should have never touchéd the damn stuff. That's the name of the game though. Blaming wont bring her back. Forgiveness WILL set u free. Easier said than done, but it's true. Maybe u have done it by now AMD I will pray or u, Michael, and all addicts, parents AMD family members who deal w addiction.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#28 Oct 3, 2012
He's back in jail. I hope mommy and daddy stop bailing him out. I agree w/everything you said Shandi. And it is very familiar to me. He is destined to repeat his actions based on what he has done for his entire life so far. And his parents share blame for all that they have put us through.

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