Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Justice?

Posted by Jabawacefti

Andrea Yates found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Think whatever you want about the verdict (for my part, I think it's a crock, a cop out and a horrible injustice), but the conflicting verdicts hardly instill confidence in our judicial system. Show up on Monday, you're guilty. Show up on Friday, you're insane. Pick a jury. Any jury. The whole mess has pissed me off from the beginning, and this doesn't make me feel any better.

Oh well. Sucks to be me.

17 Comments:

At 2:05 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Sucks to be the judicial system, too.

I completely agree, and my time in Law School had the unfortunate effect of making me predisposed toward mocking our legal system.

It's unwieldy, enormous, filled with red tape, and geared toward "justice" for those who can afford it.

But what's the alternative?

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I say let The Reverend decide.

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Cut the baby in half!

And welcome back, brother.

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I'd say it sucks more to be her.

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Sucks more to be her than to be whom?

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

You. I mean you're free and haven't screwed up your life (or those of your children). She's psychotic, has killed her children, and will no doubt spend a significant portion of her life in a state run mental hospital. Having had fmily (no comments from the peanut gallery) who've been there, I can't imagine that that doesn't suck.

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Agreed.

Having volunteered some time at hospitals for the mentally ill, I can verify that it's no picnic.

It's unbelievably heart-breaking.

There are two sides to this, for me:

1) The victims side.

2) Yates' side.

I'm utterly saddened by what Yates did to her children. It makes me sick inside, which is saying something.

Yet, if she's truly insane and not evil (and I tend to think she's drunk-on-the-blood-of-the-dark-god-Kali-insane, myself) then I'm saddened for her as well.

Insanity is horror, defined. I can't imagine that her children's ghosts don't come to Ms. Yates nightly.

And that's a punishment worse than death, as far as I'm concerned.

Then, there's the opposite argument:

She was sane, and killed her children out of malicious intent.

If that's the case I should note that my personal beliefs tend toward "God will judge us all."

And, one assumes, Ms. Yates won't have the benefit of an attorney then.

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Clarification:

I'm not saying it "sucks more to be her."

I'm agreeing that insanity is a punishment all its own.

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I agree with everything that's been said. I would just add that I think it sucks more to be her children.

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

You'd have to be Charles Manson not to agree with that.

:)

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Except that depending on your personal belief they are either a) with Jesus and thus better off than having a control freak dad and a psychotic mom or b) non existent as personalities and thus better off than having a control freak dad and a psychotic mom. Now if she were by some obscene happenstace to bear more children you would be right.

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

I'm shocked to agree with William Wallace on all points.

Absolutely NO ONE got off light here. Well, maybe the douchebag dad (already remarried and pumping out more crackerspawn...way2go!).

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Who's William Wallace?

Other than being the total badass of Braveheart and Scottish history?

 
At 3:05 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Yeah, they should drown the dad too. Hate that dude.

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

Who's William Wallace?

Scott.

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I am William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny.

You've come to fight as free men. And free men you are....

 
At 8:32 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Katanga's seen my claymore so he has it right.

 

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