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CRIME: ‘Temporary insanity’ is a joke

Letter by Thomas M. Holt, Tacoma on Aug. 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm with 10 Comments »
August 1, 2011 2:39 pm

A woman who shot to death her 4- and 8-year-old daughters in 1991 and blamed it on a bad reaction to Prozac was found not guilty by reason of insanity in California. According to your article, she served nearly four years in a mental institution and was unconditionally released in 2005 after a decade of psychiatric monitoring.

Now she’s back living with the father of the dead girls – and with his two sons by a second marriage – on Vashon Island.

I personally think that “temporary insanity” is a huge joke in a murder situation and that the temporarily insane person should first be treated for mental illness and then made to serve the normal sentence for the crime.

That concept might be a long time being accepted. But in the meantime, if the boys would like to install safe locks on their bedroom doors, I’ll contribute to the cost.


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  1. How about a judgment of “insane and guilty.” They are not mutually exclusive. Or shouldn’t be.

  2. In Europe an insanity plea gets you an unlimited stay in the loony bin while your get cured. And when you do get cured you get to stand trial for what you were accused of in the first place.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    +1 Xring

  4. If history repeated itself and the stepchildren dies by her hands,I suspect she could get off by using the defense of having a relapse of being temporarily insane again.It worked the first time didn’t it?Xring makes a good point but I am afraid that will be ignored.

  5. Killing again would prove the mom is incurable insane, which should be good for life without parole in a home for the criminally insane.

  6. spotted1 says:

    Pathetic justice system when a person can get off by acting insane, but go back to doing the same thing and living the same life as before.

  7. stetsonwalker says:

    Kill them all and let God sort them out!

  8. larsman says:

    Follow the money, it is an industry with an agenda and we the public are the guest of honor at this politically motivated “blanket party”.

    BTW, ever wonder why inmates are release just after 12:01 am?

    That’s because the prison/jail system can claim funding requirements for the entire calender day (23 hours and 59 minutes) of claimed custody, without having to actually provide custody.

    This is nothing more than bottle-necking a managed crisis so that it won’t go to waste, regardless of proportion…

  9. alindasue says:

    I suppose it can be said that all who kill suffer from some kind of insanity or another…

    Rarely is insanity the same as being unable to control one’s actions or being unable to understand right from wrong. The insanity plea should only be used in those rare cases. It’s used too much now.

  10. LarryFine says:

    Temporary insanity… apparently just enough people where around Nov. 4, 2008 …

    “Oh, the sweetness of it all…

    In case anyone is wondering, I am whiter than white: Polish/Czechoslovakian. I’ve served in the military since 1980, and in combat from 2003-2004.

    Good night everybody. I’ll be dreaming of the fairy tales come true on Nov 4!

    ( I omitted L.C.’s name to satisfy the mod )

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