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Drowning for Protection? July 26, 2006

Posted by littlewit in Xanga.
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I was reading an article today about Andrea Yates and her trial:

In both trials, Yates, 42, pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.Under Texas law, a person can be found insane if, because of a severemental illness, he or she does not know the crime is wrong.

The jury earlier asked to review the videotape of Yates’ July 2001evaluation by Dr. Phillip Resnick, a forensic psychiatrist who testified for the defense that she did not know killing the children was wrong because she was trying to save them from hell.

Resnick told jurors that Yates was in a delusional state and believed her children would grow up to be criminals because she had ruined them.

I am afraid that this might create some faulty logic…is he saying that if one believes their child is going to continue a life of crime and may burn in hell that it is alright to kill them? Interesting idea. I suppose that’s one way to keep your children from ruining the family name.

I must mull this over, more to come, later. I promise.

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