August 9, 2012

Insanity defenses are insane

I do not, nor have I ever, believed in the insanity defense.  I think that at some level, every person that commits a heinous crime must be a little bit crazy.  I also believe that any one of us, on nearly any given day, could get a diagnosis of 'crazy' in some form or another.

I don't believe in rehab for most murderers - I prefer the eye for an eye part of the Bible, no matter how you interpret the judge and judged. 

We all know that orange-haired murderer in Colorado is putting on the full crazy, preparing for the Hinckley defense.  If I were his jailer, he would already be dead.  There is no rehabilitation for people like him.  I don't care who you are, how long you have to commit to it, or how strongly you believe in the outcomes.  Society doesn't support it - and mentally fragile people seem to need acceptance above all else.

Remember this baby murdering freak show?
With a calm and dispassionate voice and a hymn playing in the background, Dena Schlosser confessed to the unthinkable, telling a 911 operator she’d cut off the arms of her baby girl.
The woman was sitting in her living room covered with blood when police arrived Monday. Her nearly 11-month-old daughter lay fatally injured in a crib in a bedroom of the family’s apartment in Plano. The child died shortly afterward at a nearby hospital.
Well, she was obviously eighteen shades of crazy - and got of on it.  Spent two years institutionalized, then two years out, then went back in sometime in 2010.  She was granted outpatient status recently - and was found to be working at a local Wal-Mart.

She was recognized, and it has been publicized.  Of course, Wally World fired her ass in short order, but did defend their hiring:
"All associates must pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment,” Lopez said. “If a charge does not result in a conviction, then we have no way of knowing an applicant’s previous criminal charges."
There is no life after a crime like that - or the one perpetrated in Colorado or Arizona - our society really doesn't want them rehabilitated, we don't want them around our families, our workplaces, our grocery stores.  Let's cut our losses and send them straight to Huntsville

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