"Mother Killer Not Guilty"
So goes the incendiary title at The Corner
So, I read something like this, and I can't help a feeling of outrage. And yet, I do believe in such a thing as temporary insanity as a valid defense. I think mostly I am concerned that these days, you can find a board-certified psychologist who will testify to almost anything.
I can't help but think how easy the defense is. But yes, killing one's children does indicate a pretty serious break from reality.
Understanding that a psychotic break is truly not representative of a person's normal actions, what is the correct resolution considering the often conflicting demands of justice, mercy and public safety?