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God orders murder: Insanity in the USA, Barbarianism in the middle east?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by phil, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. Hadmar

    Hadmar Queen Bitch of the Universe

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    Yes, still. The concept of a soul was (IMHO) born out of fear form death and what comes after. Once we start to spread in the universe and restore our last brain backup into a clone of us the concept of souls will become less popular. :D :D :D
     
  2. W0RF

    W0RF BuF Greeter, News Bagger

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    I think it's time to start changing "not guilty by reason of insanity" to "guilty by reason of insanity". It makes more sense. Technically any lawyer can chase after an insanity plea as it's not hard to make it look like killing somebody isn't a sensible thing to do.

    WTF who put us back on topic?!? :rant:

    ;)
     
  3. MÆST

    MÆST Active Member

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    Amen. Though the number of successful not guilty by insanity rulings is very low. I just did a quick google search now and yes, very very low: "Though statistics vary, experts agree the insanity defense works in less than 1 percent of all cases — between 1/3 and 1/12 of 1 percent, by most estimates. And because the defense and prosecution agree the defendant is insane in 90 percent of those cases, juries accept the plea in an even smaller fraction of contested cases — about 1/120 of 1 percent." source<--lol @ the topic of the article.

    Anyway, despite the fact that the not guilty by insanity plee rarely works, and when it does, the person is really mentally ill, it doesn't change the fact that insanity is nothing more then a legal term. I agree that people with mental disorders should be dealt with differently, but it doesn't change the fact that they are guilty.

    Being against the death penalty in all cases, I think convicted murderers should be locked for life; the difference between a "sane" murderer and an "insane" murderer would be the facilities where they server out their term.

    Can we stay on topic? I doubt it. :-/
     
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  4. W0RF

    W0RF BuF Greeter, News Bagger

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    Of course, the other half of the problem is, the same people who try to get the guy off on an insanity plea, then spend the next 20 years trying to convince the world that the client is in fact mental, and when they run out of appeals and it's time for the chair, they cry foul for carrying out the death penalty on the mentally deficient and the public, an entire generation removed from the case, go "OMGWTF :rant: "
     

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