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Housewife Who Stoned Sons Found Not Guilty
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Posted on 04/03/2004 6:00:46 PM PST by zook

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:39:26 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]


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1 posted on 04/03/2004 6:00:46 PM PST by zook
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To: zook
Bought the insanity?
2 posted on 04/03/2004 6:02:04 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: zook
Bought the insanity?
3 posted on 04/03/2004 6:02:13 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: don-o
Apparently. No details yet.
4 posted on 04/03/2004 6:02:48 PM PST by zook
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To: zook
Old Testement defense?
5 posted on 04/03/2004 6:02:48 PM PST by OneTimeLurker
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To: zook
Contact high?
6 posted on 04/03/2004 6:03:13 PM PST by thoughtomator (Voting Bush because there is no reasonable alternative)
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To: zook
I would not feel so all alone.

Everybody must get stoned.

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7 posted on 04/03/2004 6:03:34 PM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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8 posted on 04/03/2004 6:04:06 PM PST by Support Free Republic (I'd rather be sleeping. Let's get this over with so I can go back to sleep!)
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To: zook
The plea should be Guilty but Insane.
9 posted on 04/03/2004 6:04:29 PM PST by mlmr (Honest officer, I wasn't speeding. This SUV is a low-flying rocket!)
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To: zook
Not having followed the case very closely, I think this maybe was a correct verdict. What say y'all?
10 posted on 04/03/2004 6:04:52 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: zook
NO! The court system is a joke. Poor children, she will be found guilty by a higher court.
11 posted on 04/03/2004 6:05:50 PM PST by ladyinred (Monthly donors don't have to think! Become one now and veg out!)
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To: don-o
If God told her to do it, then why would she call 911?
12 posted on 04/03/2004 6:06:14 PM PST by zook
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To: zook
A travesty again.

She should have been stoned. Wait a minute ... I think I hear God talking to me ... yes, He's telling me to STONE HER! Gota run and get over there and stone away.
13 posted on 04/03/2004 6:07:18 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: ladyinred
Are you saying that insanity defense should never be allowed?
14 posted on 04/03/2004 6:07:38 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: zook
From what I'm hearing, this was pretty much a slam-dunk. The prosecution couldn't find any psychologist or psychiatrist to state she was sane, and ended up arguing with their own witnesses. Many years ago, a friend of mine made a call on a guy who had beaten an eighteen month old child to death by grabbing him by his feet and swinging him into walls and coffee tables like a bat. He was a long time drug user and thought the child was a robot that was trying to take over his mind. The man was found not guilty by reason of insanity, but later gouged his own eyes out in the facility where he was being kept.

Some people really are insane.

15 posted on 04/03/2004 6:07:46 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: zook; MeekOneGOP
Mother acquitted in sons' stoning deaths

07:57 PM CST on Saturday, April 3, 2004

By LEE HANCOCK / The Dallas Morning News

TYLER - Deanna Laney was found not guilty by reason of insanity after a jury deliberated for almost six hours in her capital murder case.

Mrs. Laney admitted killing two of her sons by bashing their heads with rocks. She struck and maimed a third son. She said God told her to kill the boys as a test of faith.

Neither she nor her husband Keith Laney showed visible emotion as judge Cynthia Kent read the verdict. One juror wiped away tears and another looked stricken.

She now faces civil commitment proceedings within the next 30 days. She was returned the Smith County jail and the next hearing will be on Tuesday before Judge Kent to determine how the commitment hearing will proceed.

Mrs. Laney's parents hugged the family's pastor and her sister wiped away tears, but they and other family members were silent as they left the courtroom.

Jurors began deliberating Mrs. Laney's fate about noon Saturday after lawyers for both sides said her capital murder case turned on two terrible things: the horror of three bloody battered boys and the haunting question of why

AP
Deanna Laney hangs her head during closing arguments in her capital murder trial.

16 posted on 04/03/2004 6:07:56 PM PST by deport (("These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I have ever seen. It's scary," Kerry said.)
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To: zook
If God told her to do it, then why would she call 911?

God told her to do that too.

Hank

17 posted on 04/03/2004 6:08:36 PM PST by Hank Kerchief
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To: zook
If God told her to do it, then why would she call 911?

Crazy people do crazy things.

18 posted on 04/03/2004 6:09:20 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: don-o
No, because that's the point--calling 911 was a rational thing to do.
19 posted on 04/03/2004 6:10:12 PM PST by zook
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To: Richard Kimball
I think there were four or five psychologist or psychiatrist used in the case and they all pretty much agreed that she didn't know what she was doing.... or that is how I've read the news accts which can be far from what actually happened in the court room.
20 posted on 04/03/2004 6:10:42 PM PST by deport (("These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I have ever seen. It's scary," Kerry said.)
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To: zook
If she's not guilty, then she is certainly criminally insane.

She needs to be confined for life.

21 posted on 04/03/2004 6:12:32 PM PST by Ken H
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To: zook
This b*tch should die. I wish to God I could help her die, it would be a pleasure. But ya know what? She gets away with murder, but if they wanted to they could put me away for threatening her.

These stupid people on the jury let her get away with killing her own flesh and blood, and they let her maim and blind the littlest one. The blood of those two little boys is on THEIR hands as well.

There is NO justice in America any more. How the hell can they say she is NOT GUILTY when she herself told them she did the deed, and she described it with all relish - how she beat them to death with stones. She's not insane - she's evil.

Even that crazy Andrea Yates got prison for killing her children. This woman gets not guilty - NOT GUILTY. But this is a death sentence for someone - some other child, whose parent just figured out they can get away with murder, has just received their death sentence.
22 posted on 04/03/2004 6:12:52 PM PST by dandelion
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To: don-o
If God told her to do it, then why would she call 911?

Crazy people do crazy things.


That's right. Ted Bundy had sex with the corpses of his victims. They fried him anyway.
23 posted on 04/03/2004 6:14:20 PM PST by holymoly (fa·ce·tious 1 : joking or jesting often inappropriately)
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To: zook
No, because that's the point--calling 911 was a rational thing to do.

Huh?

So she could get herself arrested and charged? Don't see it Zook.

24 posted on 04/03/2004 6:14:48 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: Ken H
I think that even insane criminals should be punished. If they're really insane, they won't even realize their being punished. Also, it will deter others from trying to act as if they're insane. I'm only 10% kidding.
25 posted on 04/03/2004 6:15:12 PM PST by zook
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To: All
The whole thing is just horrendous. But, the judge and the prosecutors own psychiatrists both found her insane.
26 posted on 04/03/2004 6:15:12 PM PST by coloradomomba
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To: zook
It's not necessarily certain that a person is nonstop nuts. One can, I suspect, be loonie as a Demhouse rat one minute, and vaguely rational the next.
27 posted on 04/03/2004 6:15:24 PM PST by orionblamblam
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To: holymoly
Don't think Ted rolled out the insanity defense
28 posted on 04/03/2004 6:15:59 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: deport
Didn't know what she was doing? She knew to call 911, knew to use different sizes of rocks for the size of the child, etc. etc.

Another case of perverted justice in this country. Juries are mostly illiterate these days because that is how the attorney's want them to be. The how does it feel society gone mad.
29 posted on 04/03/2004 6:17:02 PM PST by ladyinred (Monthly donors don't have to think! Become one now and veg out!)
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To: don-o
I haven't followed very closely either. But I agree with the jury's decision.
30 posted on 04/03/2004 6:17:48 PM PST by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( President Bush 3-20-04))
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To: ladyinred
Yes, this jury was beyond stupid. How many cousins had to get married to produce this kind of stupidity? How many family trees had to stop forking in order to birth the massive, non-stop, drooling kind of imbecility that would find this woman NOT GUILTY???
31 posted on 04/03/2004 6:18:46 PM PST by dandelion
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To: don-o
She realized she did a horendous thing. How could she hide it? It would have been insane to sit there and do nothing. I'm sure she had some mental difficulties, but I'm also sure she had many rational oportunities over time to check herself in and prevent herself from harming her kids. Bottom line is that I view her as responsible and guilty.

But that's just me, not on the jury, etc.
32 posted on 04/03/2004 6:18:51 PM PST by zook
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To: ladyinred
Insantity defense is a tough one to win in Texas..... So with all the shrinks [4 or 5 that was used] including those used by the prosecution claiming she was incompetent then the jury bought into that line of reasoning.... I'd not fault the jury having not set in the jury box and heard all the evidence.... Maybe you know more than them but I'd doubt it.
33 posted on 04/03/2004 6:20:28 PM PST by deport (("These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I have ever seen. It's scary," Kerry said.)
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To: don-o
Absolutely not. But the verdict should be GUILTY by INSANITY.
34 posted on 04/03/2004 6:20:30 PM PST by Howlin (I'm a monthy donor..........wouldn't you like to be a monthly donor, too?)
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To: orionblamblam
So, at some point, she should have checked herself in for treatment and asked someone to take her kids out of harms way. She didn't do that. In my opinion that makes her criminally liable and guilty.
35 posted on 04/03/2004 6:20:32 PM PST by zook
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To: zook
sure in a perfect world, but she didn't see herself as insane, she saw herself as "chosen" like Abraham in the bible. I am NOT condoning her just trying to figure it out.
36 posted on 04/03/2004 6:24:04 PM PST by coloradomomba
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To: zook
So, at some point, she should have checked herself in for treatment and asked someone to take her kids out of harms way.

Crazy people don't do rational things; because they are crazy

37 posted on 04/03/2004 6:24:50 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: OneTimeLurker
Old Testement defense?

That was my first thought, too, lol.

38 posted on 04/03/2004 6:24:54 PM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname (Stop The Flow of Ketchup to China!! Vote for George Bush in 2004!)
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To: zook
So how is this different from Abraham and Isaac? Except that in that case, God said "Hold it! Just funnin'."
39 posted on 04/03/2004 6:28:29 PM PST by Grut
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To: zook
Must'a been a democRAT jury.

"What the'hey...kill'em before they're born or kill'em after...no big deal. It's only a matter of choice."

Todays' jury pool is brain dead. Please pass the barf bag.

Mustang sends from "Malpaso News"
40 posted on 04/03/2004 6:33:02 PM PST by Mustang (Evil Thrives When Good People Do Nothing!)
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To: zook
Although the guilty but insane works for me, there is something to protecting society by executing the murderously insane.
41 posted on 04/03/2004 6:36:02 PM PST by mlmr (Honest officer, I wasn't speeding. This SUV is a low-flying rocket!)
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To: orionblamblam
. One can, I suspect, be loonie as a Demhouse rat one minute, and vaguely rational the next.

Sean Hannity last Thursday, for example. ;-)

42 posted on 04/03/2004 6:37:00 PM PST by DuncanWaring (...and Freedom tastes of Reality)
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To: zook
Sounds like the O.J. Simpson jury struck again.
43 posted on 04/03/2004 6:37:15 PM PST by Smartass
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To: ladyinred
NO! The court system is a joke.

Yes, there is almost no strength left in the world of men. They call evil good and good evil.

44 posted on 04/03/2004 6:42:06 PM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: don-o
Not having followed the case very closely, I think this maybe was a correct verdict. What say y'all?

Sounds like the Susan Smith defense. Unfortunately, it worked in this case.

45 posted on 04/03/2004 6:42:21 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: don-o
But even if we assume she was "crazy" at the moment she killed her kids, I don't believe she was crazy all of the time. There had to have been a time when she knew she might harm them. I, personally, simply don't buy the "insanity" defense as an avenue to legal exoneration. It could be a mitigating factor, but not a reason for finding someone "not guilty."
46 posted on 04/03/2004 6:45:45 PM PST by zook
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To: zook
When you get down to it, this has/had nothing to do with the insanity defense. This has to do with a prevaling attitude in this country that a mother won't kill their child unless they are crazy.

Susan Smith, Andrea Yates both got off light. If a man had done the same, it would have been death.

Facts are, women do and can kill children in vicious ways. She deserved the chair, or at least the same type of death she gave to her children.

47 posted on 04/03/2004 6:54:01 PM PST by Brytani (Politics: n. from Greek; "poli"-many; "tics"-ugly, bloodsucking parasites.)
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To: don-o
Anybody who (sincerely) says God ordered them to kill their children is insane. I'd say that's a good veridct.
48 posted on 04/03/2004 6:55:32 PM PST by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: deport
LANEY FOUND NOT GUILTY
BY REASON OF INSANITY

ASSOCIATED PRESS April 03, 2004
TYLER, Texas (AP) - A woman who claimed God ordered her to bash in the heads of her sons was acquitted Saturday of all charges after a jury determined she was legally insane during the killings.

A jury found that Deanna Laney did not know right from wrong May 9 when she killed her two older sons, ages 6 and 8, in the front yard and left the youngest, now 2, maimed in his crib. Laney, 39, was found not guilty by reason of insanity of charges of capital murder and serious injury to a child.

Laney broke into tears as the verdict was read. Her husband, Keith Laney, sat emotionless. A few jurors cried and struggled to maintain their composure.

State law allows Laney to be committed to a maximum security state hospital. Medical evaluations will dictate when she will be released.

In closing arguments earlier Saturday, prosecutors portrayed the killings last Mother's Day weekend as deceptively planned and coldly executed.

"It was graphic, it was horrific and it was brutal," prosecutor Matt Bingham told the jury.

Laney had faced life in prison for the deaths of 8-year-old Joshua and 6-year-old Luke, and the beating of Aaron, now 2.

Bingham pounded his fist in his hand as he recounted Joshua's killing: "He got strike after strike after strike on his head to the point that his brains were coming out of his head like liquid."

Defense attorneys argued that insanity was the only reason why a deeply religious mother who homeschooled her children would kill two of them and maim another without so much as a tear.

All five mental health experts consulted in the case, including two for the prosecution and one for the judge, concluded that a severe mental illness caused Laney to have psychotic delusions that rendered her incapable of knowing right from wrong during the killings - the standard in Texas for insanity.

Psychiatrists testified that Laney believed she was divinely chosen by God - just as Mary was chosen to bear Christ - to kill her children as a test of faith and then serve as a witness after the world ended.

Prosecutors portrayed the killings as deceptively planned and coldly executed. They said that even if Laney believed she was doing right by God, she had to have known she was doing wrong by state law. Her first call, they pointed out, was to 911 to summon authorities.

49 posted on 04/03/2004 6:55:57 PM PST by deport (("These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I have ever seen. It's scary," Kerry said.)
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To: Brytani
Three good points.
50 posted on 04/03/2004 6:56:23 PM PST by zook
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