Friday, April 07, 2006

Wrong Verdict

This galls me:

Texas Mom Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

By JULIA GLICK, Associated Press Writer

McKINNEY, Texas - A mother charged with murder for cutting off her baby daughter's arms in what her lawyers portrayed as a religious frenzy was found not guilty by reason of insanity Friday by a judge.

The proper verdict is "guilty but insane." The proper punishment is treatment (for the little good it will do), followed by a life sentence without possiblity of parole. Instead, the woman in question "will be sent to a state mental hospital and held until she is no longer deemed a threat to herself or others." But a "cure" for murderous behavior is unlikely, and the hospital's incentive will be to pronouce her "cured." After all, why should taxpayers support a nut-house that can't cure nut-cases?

Related post: I'll Never Understand the Insanity Defense