The guy in this story says that the government doesn’t like him. Well no shit! The story leaves the impression that this clown is set to do twenty years for merely making threats. You have to get into the meat of the story to find that he went on a six state, two nation crime spree than spanned three months. The MSM hard at work.
Federal officials said after making threats online, Christy went on a three-month crime spree, breaking into homes, businesses like Hazleton Oil where he used to work, Skipper Dipper in Schuylkill County, even the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Police said he stole food, firearms, and vehicles in a total of six states and Canada before being caught in Ohio.
Christy said he has been unfairly targeted by the government and represented himself in court.
Dear old mom is right there pitching the old, “he isn’t very bright and he’s mentally ill scam.”
However, his mother told the judge Thursday that her son had cognitive and mental health issues, adding that the sentence should be lower or he should be given help while in prison.
Here’s the thing the mental health community had their shot at him prior to his crime spree. How did that work out?
Most people fail to make the distinction between insanity and mental illness. Even the so called mental health professionals contribute to the confusion. Insanity is a legal term and has no basis in psychology. Under-lying psychological issues may explain, but do not excuse the actions of the accused. Here is the standard for insanity:
“Every man is to be presumed to be sane, and … that to establish a defense on the ground of insanity, it must be clearly proved that, at the time of the committing of the act, the party accused was laboring under such a defect of reason, from disease of mind, and not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing; or if he did know it, that he did not know he was doing what was wrong.”The M’Naghten Rule
The defendant was on the run for three months. This is taken as a consciousness of guilt. This guy may be crazier than a shit house rat. But he doesn’t meet the standard for insanity.
I guess the whole crazy bit gets down Hollywood. Name a who done it where the whole issue of guilt comes down to, “What was his (the bad guys motive?” When it comes to did he do it? Motive really doesn’t matter.
The second issue is the idea that prison is supposed to be a place where the convicted can reflect on their misdeeds and reform. I think they came up with that gem in Pennsylvania. Crazy interferes with the process.
I think a more realistic view is prison is a place where we store the dregs until they are to old and broken to bother anybody. Under my definition crazy is a feature, if it helps an inmate to do his time. If he wants to regard prison as Disneyland without the rides, who am I to argue?
I know, I know! Don’t regard a twenty year sentence as a punishment. Instead consider it a participation trophy.