posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 04:36 PM
There are "mental diseases" (good in court), "mental disorders" (some good in court, some not) and "mental defects" (good in court).
Probably THE two worst "mental disorders" are APD--Antisocial Personality Disorder--and Borderline Personality Disorder. Clarett may or may not have
the second one, but I'd bet a ton of money than a neutral, court-appointed shrink who spent enough time with him would diagnose him with APD. And
like I said, in very simple terms, APD = being born with neither a conscience nor the capacity to develop a conscience. You simply don't care about
other people's rights, feelings, health, etc.
I don't know if you're a cat person--I'm not; I hate cats and love dogs--but if you ARE a cat person, would you expect your cat, even if it lived to
be 20, to learn to feel badly about killing birds? Of course not. It's just not the way they're wired.
A sociopath is not going to be trained to give a damn about other people's rights, feelings or physical safety. I had a client once who broke into a
home, along with two younger thugs, to commit a residential burglary in the daytime. They thought the occupants had all left, but they brought a pair
of guns, just in case. Lo and behold, what did they find at home, but a 98-year-old woman. One of the two younger thugs horribly attacked
her, first trying but failing to kill her with a phone cord, then trying but failing to kill her with a small paring knife, then finally killing her
with a huge kitchen knife.
My client's comment to the killer, during the early part of the attack:
"Hey, man, I got a jacket [reputation] to go by in the joint. Attackin' an old lady like that's as bad as bein' a child molester, in the joint."
Translation: Not, "Leave her alone because it's the gravest of sins to kill another being," nor, "Leave her alone because it's depraved beyond belief
to attack a woman that age," but, "Leave her alone or it could go real bad on me during the next of my zillion trips to prison."
That is an extreme examle of sociopathy, but I don't think Clarett is too far behind that extreme. And the guy I'm talking about has never brutally
assaulted, much less killed, anyone. I don't know how much longer Maurice Clarett will be able at least the former of those two things.