Once upon a time in America, a woman who killed 5 babies/children would have been burned at a stake, hung from a tree or shot at a given number of paces. Today, someone can claim “insanity” and kill as many people as they wish. So what if they kill their own innocent babies. Of course if they can do it before the baby is outside of the womb, they might not even have to claim insanity, because then it’s considered a “legal abortion”.
So like the rest of the nation, I have been watching the Andrea Yates trial over the years. After she drowned her 5 children in a bathtub, while her husband was at work. At first I was sure she’d get the death penalty. Then after that was not an option, I was sure she’d get life in prison. Now it seems she’ll just stay in a mental ward, until some Liberal psychologist says she’s fit to go home. I’m not saying field of psychology is some sort of bogus Liberal science, but I’m saying that it is being abused by Liberals to allow killers and other criminals off easy. I say we use the standard of “all men created equal” and give any criminal a sentence fitting their crime, not their supposed mental state!
JURY FINDS YATES INSANE, NOT GUILTY
Today’s trials focus too much on “why” someone committed murder than the actual fact they committed murder. Outside of self defense or defense of other lives, no other excuses should be allowed into court when someone uses their own hands to murder people. Psychologists should not be allowed in, unless they are speaking about the impact on victims, not the mental state of the accused.
Do I believe postpartum depression is real? Yes I do and I think Andrea Yates probably had it along with whatever other issues are going on in her head. And I totally disagree with Scientology nuts like Tom Cruise, who feel it should not be treated with drugs. Just the same, I do not feel that someone should be allowed to get off easy after murdering 5 babies/children. The fact that she killed 5 babies/children should be the paramount issue, not deliberating over her mental state. I think she should have been given the death penalty swiftly after committing the crime and it would discourage others from doing such acts. I also think it would encourage anyone who felt they had a mental issue to seek treatment, before they do something that might result in them getting a death sentence.
update 7/26/2006 3:42PM: Christine Korenthal at SoCalPundit is furious about this verdict.
update 7/26/2006 5:28PM: Jay at Stop the ACLU feels she should have to pay some kind of consequences for her actions. Personal responsibility? Imagine that. History books might declare “personal responsibility ended in America in the 20th century”… Because it seems not to apply in the 21st.
update 7/28/2006 2:01PM: Flashback (January 2005 ABCNews): Controversial Psychiatrist in Yates Case Speaks Out
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