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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

"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?