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If I was the defense attorney I'd go for "Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity" ruling.

That will get him locked up just as tightly, only in a mental ward instead of a prison. The rules for releasing the (by then hopefully formerly) criminally insane patients grant a lot more discretionary power to the wardens of such facilities than the rules for probation from prison sentences. Which usually means that rich and well connected murderers are released after much less time than swarthy poor ones.

But it's a moot point, because Scandinavian murderers have experienced a veritable revolution in their mental state over the past fifty years, to such an extent that they are almost universally declared to be sane in the eyes of the law. Whether this has something to do with political pressure to be "tough on crime" is a judgement I will leave to the reader.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 02:51:08 PM EST
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