Jason Marshall's speeding bicycle in Central Park accidentally struck Jill Tarlov. She has been declared brain dead. The New York Daily News highlights that Marshall has indicated no remorse. Also, it notes that he has not been charged. Here is that coverage.
Usually, the legal system demands a pound of remorse. After all, prosecutors, juries and those doing the pre-sentencing reports do deep dives about soft areas like attitudes, intentionality, and values.
However, it's concrete behavior which gets us to the attention of the law, in the first place. Could law enforcement had read my mind, I would have been arrested myriad times. My behavior remained that of a law-abiding citizen.
Marshall's biking behavior was probably reckless. If there is a crime involved, that would be it. However he has not been charged. And that is what any punishment should be about. Whether he is remorseful seems irrelevant. What is relevant is if he changes his behavior in the future. That would entail being more aware of pedestrians and monitoring speed.
Expectations of remorse returns me to the ethos of blue-collar socially conservative Jersey City, New Jersey - before gentrification. The most common expression then was, "He should be ashamed of himself."
A more enlightened meme today is probably, "If he continues to behave that way he likely won't get the job/client/promotion/girl." Why can't the legal system frame human affairs in the same manner?