posted on May, 20 2004 @ 07:39 AM
It seems odd to me to focus on the perp's STATE OF MIND. We cannot know what is going on inside the other person's head. We can judge overt acts,
I don't understand the concept that we should hold some people a different standard because their lawyer can show mental defect.
This attitude of jurisprudence is warped because it takes the focus off the deed, and makes it a question of what someone may or may not have been
thinking. The vic is just as dead either way. We ought to be focused on the victim and not the peretrator.
But you want to give some perps a pass, based on the fact that they are more f'd up than the rest of the prison population?
For example, Andrea Yates: if she had killed five adults, would you say that she was not guilty by reason of insanity? Do her own children enjoy
less protection under the law because there are hers, and they are minors, than if they had been strangers?
That whole argument of "I didn't mean to" should be left on the playground, and not made into a refuge for criminals.
One of the problems with western civilization is that we preserve and venerate the freaks and the sickos, while always increasing the pressure on the
working woman or man.