On December 6, a migrant with Lebanese, Turkish and German citizenship beat a 49-year-old family man to death in Augsburg in a harmless brawl. Six of his cronies watched. For a long time the judiciary saw no reason to hold him in custody, and higher courts finally released all of them.German media reports indicate that the question of whether or not the victim was surrounded by the perpetrators at the time of his killing would have some essential meaning.This is another case where an encounter with a “group of young men” ended fatally. The German judiciary once again showed the outraged population what it is capable of doing in such cases: Show remarkable leniency.They don’t want to disturb the poor perpetrators, after all, the manslaughterer claims to have been only 17 years old when he committed his crime.The “quarrel” was allegedly triggered by one of the “men’s group” trying to scrounge a cigarette. That this was perhaps only a pretext to live out a desire to beat up people does not seem logical to the German media. The popular fireman was on his way home from a Christmas market with his wife and friends. It should have been his last visit to a Christmas market.After a successful search using video images, the public prosecutor’s office showed little interest in arresting the perpetrators. As the pressure from the public grew, the “group of men” was taken into custody. But defence lawyers and the Constitutional Court made arrangements to ensure that the migrants were quickly released.If one reads the reports in the German media, this is not conducive to blood pressure. For example, “the public prosecutor’s office and the criminal investigation department did not do well” – because they demanded imprisonment for the perpetrators. The defence lawyer is allowed to make a dramatic statement: The accusation of manslaughter would have been “completely intolerable”. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe made sure that the accomplices could remain at liberty until the trial. The proceedings against three of them were dropped immediately.The trial is scheduled to last eight days. Obviously in Germany it is very important to judge whether you were killed by a migrant with a hard fist punch or whether you were surrounded by your cronies during the killing. This is also emphasised in German media reports. Graciously, however, the perpetrator admits to having carried out the blow against the family man and fireman.The trial is scheduled to last eight days. Obviously in Germany it is very important to judge whether you were killed by a migrant with a hard fist punch or whether you were surrounded by your cronies during the killing. This is also emphasised in German media reports. Graciously, however, the perpetrator admits to having carried out the blow against the family man and fireman. The opposite would certainly have been difficult to prove, as he is recorded on surveillance videos. A verdict is expected in early November.It will be interesting to see whether it is still considered an accident that the 47-year-old has fallen into the fist of the Lebanese boxer heroes. His cronies are said to have beaten and broken the zygomatic bone of a companion of the killed man. This was probably not so bad, as long as he was not surrounded. Being beaten by seven migrant thugs probably hurts less if it is done exclusively from the front. By the way, German criminal law does not make such distinctions. But that is probably not so important for the zeitgeist and German journalism.