In an affirmative defense, the defendant does not dispute the facts of the case but presents a reason why he or she is not legally guilty of the offense and should not face the legal consequences. Why did you continue to knock her up, even after post-partum psychosis had been added to her ongoing mental problems? John Hinckley, for instance, has been committed now for 25 years. For that matter, when Lot fucked his own daughters. Yates, she said, had been taking 450 mg, twice the recommended maximum dose, for a month before killing her children. Restrained herself from telling anyone even when she was being treated. This is the law Texas uses.
Rusty may be a jerk but he most certainly did not systematically murder five innocent children. January 2007-present - Yates is transferred from North Texas State Hospital Vernon Campus to the Kerrville State Hospital in Kerrville, Texas, where she currently resides. Little was known about it at the time and most afflicted mothers were left to suffer in silence. Although the defense's expert testimony agreed that Yates was psychotic, Texas law requires that, in order to successfully assert the , the defendant must prove that he or she could not discern right from wrong at the time of the crime. For instance, there was a severely mentally retarded man who killed an old woman with an axe, left her house, wandered down the street and thought nothing of it.
Medical records released two months after the deaths detailed two suicide attempts and four hospitalizations in mental health facilities. Andrea Yates was insane when she drowned her children in a bathtub, jury finds. Noah came in and asked what was wrong with Mary. Eventually they moved back into a real house, and Andrea got some mental health care, but not very much, and her husband was not proactive to say the least. First, the Hinckley verdict was based on an unusual and now-repealed law that required prosecutors in the District of Columbia to prove that Hinckley was sane. An insanity defense would be appropriate if she were so ill that she beleived that she was saving them Read the facts of the case and her confession. In every case they can find a psychiatrist for the prosecution and for the defense.
To deny them that status, logically leads back to things of the past, such as lobotomy, forced sterilisation and ultimately euthanasia. Or someone you know and love? He added that his wife was too sick to be discharged from her last stay in the hospital in May 2001. She may have called 911, indicating knowledge of right from wrong, but from what I understand there is enough data to show that she was delusional. Lesson Summary Convicted in 2002 of murdering her children, Andrea Yates appealed in 2005 on the grounds that a key prosecution witness had given false testimony. We're learning all the time. The argument can even be made with good reason that too much police promote barbarism.
Yates petitioned for a mistrial when a forensic psychiatrist, Park Dietz, M. Is it of any public benefit for Andrea to be in prison? Anderson Cancer Center from 1986 until 1994. Her husband, an aerospace engineer in Houston, insisted that they live in an abandoned school bus for a long time - no heat, no air conditioning, no running water, no bathroom. According to her, she killed her children to save them from Satan and her own evil maternal influences, delusions that did little to help her defense because they fueled her own desire for punishment. Still, I think with our ignorance about what causes what in human behavior.
In the Bible, God told Abraham to kill Isaac. I don't know how to get italics so the other poster's quotes will be surrounded by ::. At first Yates told no one of the visions -- as if she knew they were bad. For a rocket scientist, his behavior was really very stupid. Is killing such a person the most humane thing to do? Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Yates then stopped taking medication, , and read the feverishly. They were married on April 17, 1993.
She also had some mental issues brought up at trial: her Deacon stepdaddy had raped her for years. He worked his way through various fixes for their damaged lives, such as a surrogate motherhood and adoption horrifying her family, attorneys and Houston psychiatrists before giving in to reality. It can look like it is under control, until it isn't. Just because you are mentally ill when you comit a crime does not mean that you are not responsible. She was scheduled to come to the home the morning of the killings, but Andrea Yates drowned her children in the hour between her husband's departure for work and her mother-in-law's arrival. . She left her oldest, Noah, age 7, in the tub.
However, insanity defenses very rarely succeed. They don't treat them like criminals. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. I mean, we went — the children passed away on June 20. Did she know right from wrong, but also did she suffer from a mental disease that caused her to lack capacity to appreciate the criminality of her conduct or fail to conform her conduct to the requirements of the law? Punishment has to serve a purpose, otherwise it is just sadism. This idea that women should not be responsible for their actions is a throwback to the days when women were not considered human enough to know what they were doing. Knowing how the media often misrepresents things, I am not going to rely on them for my information.
The jurors had not been told that Yates would be committed to a mental institution if found not guilty. Then, too, questions occur about how to treat defendants who know their acts are against the law but who cannot control their impulses to commit them. The voices told her to kill her children while they were young so that they would go to Heaven as innocents, instead of living to become evil and be damned to Hell for eternity. Yates claimed that, despite his urging to check her medical records for prior treatment, Dr. Yates' post-partum depression and long history of psychotic episodes were at the heart of the trial.