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Aerden [userpic]
Life's Simple Pleasures

Movies: It's been a while since I last saw The Hunt for Red October. It's still as brilliant a movie as ever, and one of the few movies Alec Baldwin has starred in that I actually liked his character.

Criminal Justice: Andrea Yates has been pronounced not guilty by reason of insanity for the murders of her five children. Despite this country's legal definition of insanity, which I think is completely inaccurate, I agree with the verdict. I think Yates was profoundly mentally disturbed when she did what she did. I don't consider that that makes her 'not guilty,' but I do think she merits treatment in a mental hospital more than she merits prison time. Frankly, her psiron is going to be her own memories of what she did, and I'd think that would be horrific enough. She's been living in that prison since the day of the murders.

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Current Music: "Aquarius"

I tend to agree on the Yates case. Glad to hear the jury felt that way as well. It doesn't make the prosecution's case any better, I think, to have had an expert witness misrepresent something (deliberately or no) to ensure the first case was won.

Whatever the nature of her insanity, whether due to a religous 'belief' or simply being so deeply overwhelmed as to believe that killing the kids was the only solution, I honestly think it /was/ insanity. She didn't even try to hide it, which is one of the things that I've seen used to claim a person knew what they were doing was wrong. I've often wondered if the first one was an accident and that death threw her over the edge. But we'll probably never find out because she doesn't seem to remember exactly what happened either.

Speaking of Red October, did you know that Ben Okopnik (aka Scaevola from NR) was an extra in it? He's one of the Soviet sailors.

Bill--Holy cow! No, I didn't!


As far as Andrea Yates is concerned, I think that her insanity was in the form of post-partum depression that she probably experienced with every single one of her children and was never treated for. Now, post-partum depression is very dangerous, as most people know, so if she's still under that mental condition today, it could be way worse and possibly have developed into something more severe, such as bipolar disorder or even a deeper depression, however, since she's gone without care in the prison for so many years, it's really hard to say. I hope she gets the help she deserves and while I don't think whatever she does have is punishment enough for what she did, I do feel sorry for her.