Monday, June 9, 2014

The Craziness Excuse

Long ago, when "insanity" was first used as a defense, I understand that the bar was pretty high. The defendant had to be pretty clearly nuts, to the extent that he didn't know who he was or who anybody else was, and I doubt that "temporary insanity" had been thought of until fairly recently. I believe it was a "defense" only in that argued that the defendant shouldn't be punished in the usual way, but that he should instead be locked up in an asylum, pretty much forever.

But now it's a true defense that seems to work. If you're found innocent by reason of insanity, in many cases, you go "under a doctor's care," which is pretty soft stuff, and your life can go on practically without interruption, if you find a cooperative doctor, and there are, I'm sure, plenty of those available.

And this has helped develop the strange meme that "insanity is a disease like any other," and that's a hole with no bottom. I can't think of a better way to absolve virtually everybody of responsibility for their actions. Practically everybody. Jim Goad tells us that nobody is responsible for what they do except the usual politically correct suspects. For any actual immoral actions, it seems that the perp is never responsible. Everybody except the perp is culpable. You and me. You know, as in "We all killed Kennedy."  From Takimag:

The Mental Illness Cop-Out

It all seemed so deliberate.

According to court documents, on May 31 two twelve-year-old Wisconsin girls led a female classmate into the woods and stabbed her 19 times, leaving her for dead. Under police examination, the pair of girls said they’d been planning to kill her for months. (She survived.)

Police say the two girls had originally plotted to murder their victim during a sleepover. Their plan involved duct-taping her mouth shut, stabbing her fatally in the neck, and pulling the covers over her corpse to give the appearance that she was sleeping. Instead, they switched gears and agreed to kill her the next day in the bathroom of a nearby public park, which had a floor drain they thought would hide the blood as it oozed from her dying body. When one of the alleged perps panicked in the bathroom, the girls again altered their plans and led their victim into the woods to play hide and seek.

According to the allegedly self-incriminating testimony of 12-year-old Anissa Weier, after stabbing the girl, she told her to lie down and be quiet, which would make her lose less blood as she and her accomplice went to get help. Weier told police that she never intended to get help. She said she only wanted the victim to quit screaming and drawing attention to the crime scene as the life ebbed out of her.
“The very idea of ‘mental illness’ is schizoid. It implies that the ‘illness’ is somehow a separate entity from the person.”

“The bad part of me wanted her to die, the good part of me wanted her to live,” Weier reportedly told police. Her alleged accomplice, Morgan E. Geyser, is quoted as saying, “I didn’t feel remorse.”

The girls also told authorities that they committed the crime to appease Slender Man, a tall, slim, faceless fictional online horror character who has the ability to grow long tendrils from his hands and back. They became obsessed with Slender Man after viewing horror website Creepypasta Wiki. They said they believed he resided in a Wisconsin mansion and that they’d go live with him after offering him this blood sacrifice.

The girls’ neighbors expressed shock, claiming that they were “very nice” and came from “normal, middle-class” families. The two are being charged as adults with intentional homicide and could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

Given their alleged elaborate planning, I also doubt that the girls’ tender age absolves them of ill intent. Children are far smarter than adults tend to acknowledge. Most adults seem to forget being children. Perhaps that’s part of the brain degeneration and diminished responsibility that comes with adulthood.

But that will never stop a defense lawyer from seeking a cheap cop-out. “She’s 12 and she has mental health issues,” said Anthony Cotton, one of the girls’ defense attorneys. “There’s no question that she needs to go to the hospital.”

1 comment:

  1. Temporary insanity should be limited to cases of involuntary intoxication with psychedelics, parents getting a clean shot at their kids' murderers or rapists, and other extreme, acute cases.